Activity Introduction

Aspire-Emily-photoframeQuick summary: Students will consider information about the future of work, and connect it to the experiences and skills they can develop though volunteering and community service. In a jigsaw classroom activity, students will find out about the future labour market and what it means for them. Students will then view and analyse a set of videos featuring the experiences of young people who undertake community service to better understand how volunteering and community service can help them to develop skills required in the future labour market.

Latrobe Logo 150This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.

Essential questions: 

  • What does the future of work look like?
  • How can I best prepare for an unprecedented change to the way work works?

21st century skills: 

aspire your future of work skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 Work Studies

  • Describe the nature of work in Australia and the implications for current and future work opportunities (ACWSCL015)  
  • Recognise the effects of work culture on ways of working (ACWSCL016

Year 10 Work Studies

  • Analyse emerging approaches to work and the implications these have for workers to be flexible, proactive and responsive (ACWSCL034
  • Investigate the relationships between work cultures, work arrangements and the individual (ACWSCL035)  
  • Explain the roles of a range of services and agencies that support employment, self-employment and unemployment (ACWSCL036

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students investigate the changes occurring in work, workplaces and work-related relationships and the factors contributing to the changes. They identify opportunities associated with these changes. Students plan and implement strategies to improve their learning and strengthen their individual learning skills.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students understand the importance of growing self-awareness in improving learning, accessing work opportunities and developing appropriate skills and making more-informed subject and career choices. They analyse emerging 21st century work arrangements and the resultant changing relationships between participants, the opportunities arising and the skills needed for these emerging work arrangements.

Topic: Enterprise Learning

Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies

Time required: 120 mins (or 2x 60 mins)

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting an online clip to the class, 5 W’s prompting questions (two copies of each), textas, Blu-Tack. Jigsaw Classroom factsheets (enough for each group of five to six students to have one of each) JIGSAW What skills do employers want from Australian young people? JIGSAW Opportunities in the future of work JIGSAW Job Clusters factsheet JIGSAW How is work changing in Australia JIGSAW globalisation factsheet JIGSAW collaboration factsheet JIGSAW automation factsheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, internet research.

Keywords: World of work, future, pathways, diversity.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Aspire-Holly4-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will better understand the world of work that they will be entering. They will understand that the labour market will be different to that of the past and as a result, requires a different mindset and a focus on a transferable skill-set. Students will be able to identify the work skills and aptitudes required to succeed, and will begin to develop their own transferable skills.

Teacher content information: This Work Studies unit has been developed in partnership with La Trobe University Aspire Generation. The Aspire Generation connects a community of young people who aspire to make a difference through community service and leadership. They are the givers, the dreamers, the doers and the leaders who passionately pursue opportunities to address the big issues of their time. They think boldly and act responsibly and strive to leave a lasting impact on the world.

Through classroom-based experiences students will learn about the wor

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What will work be like for me?

1. If you need to take notes during the Jigsaw Classroom activity, use this space:

2. As a class, watch the La Trobe Aspire clips and note where you see:

  • Work skills being developed by the person featured in the videos:
  • The nature of work being shown in the videos:
  • The ways that the young people are contributing to/adding to their community through volunteering:

Be prepared to share what you noticed in a class discussion.

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What is the thing that surprised you most about work in the future?

What does the changing nature of work mean for you? What will you do differently?

In light of what you know about the future of work, what are you most hopeful about?


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