Quick summary: The Worlds of Work unit connects secondary school students of all ages with life beyond school by investigating the question: “What does it take to succeed in life and work?” In this lesson, students will survey the general public to find out more about the realities of work and people’s views about success in life and work. After completing the survey challenge, students will share the range of views they heard and consider the benefits of finding information by asking other people. Finally, students will engage in a critical reflection around how they approached the challenge of speaking with people they don’t know and how the challenges they faced helped them to further develop their enterprise skills.
These are transferable skills that enable young people to engage with a complex world and navigate the challenges they will inherit. They’re not just for entrepreneurs; they are skills that are required in many jobs. They have been found to be a powerful predictor of long-term job success.
Who could teach this lesson?
Any teacher who:
- Believes that the end-game of secondary education is to prepare young people to thrive in the world of work
- Thinks that general capabilities should be part of each school subject
- Is feeling unsure about how to teach real-world skills in their classroom
- Understands that school is not practice – it’s real training for what’s in store after
- Wants students to find real connections between subject content (technical skills) and the general skills they need to be able use those technical skills
Australian Curriculum Mapping
This lesson can be used with all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, however it has been explicitly mapped to the English and Work Studies content strands.
Year 7 English
- Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)
- Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts (ACELY1722)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
Year 8 English
- Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects (ACELY1808)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
Year 9 English
- Understand that roles and relationships are developed and challenged through language and interpersonal skills (ACELA1551)
- Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
Year 10 English
- Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)
Year 9 Work Studies
- Outline how past learning experiences influence attitudes towards, and outcomes of, learning (ACWSCL001)
- Describe the implications of individual learning preferences for learning at home, school, work and in the community (ACWSCL002)
- Explain the importance of active and lifelong learning for personal and community development (ACWSCL004)
- Explain the importance of teamwork and collaboration in school, community and work-related contexts (ACWSCL009)
- Describe the nature of work in Australia and the implications for current and future work opportunities (ACWSCL015)
Year 10 Work Studies
- Explain the relationship between lifelong learning and work in the 21st century and its importance for future work opportunities (ACWSCL023)
- Explain the range of skills and attributes necessary to work effectively in the 21st century (ACWSCL025)
General capabilities: Literacy, ICT Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.
Topic: Enterprise Learning
Unit of work: Worlds of Work
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate student discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Searching for Success survey questions print-out for each student. Butcher’s paper.
Keywords: success, representation, symbol, individual.
This lesson has been developed in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.