Activity Introduction

WOW Hero frame 14Quick 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?” This lesson introduces the WOW unit and helps students to think about why it is important to begin discussing the topic now. Students will watch the WOW introduction video and share their questions about what they will be exploring throughout the unit. The WOW inquiry question is then introduced in a quick word-jumble activity.

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.


Communication skills



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 the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, however it has been explicitly mapped to the English and Work Studies content strands.

Content descriptions:
Year 7 English

  • Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts (ACELY1722)

Year 8 English

  • Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts (ACELY1733)

Year 9 English

  • Apply an expanding vocabulary to read increasingly complex texts with fluency and comprehension (ACELY1743)

Year 10 English

  • Choose a reading technique and reading path appropriate for the type of text, to retrieve and connect ideas within and between texts (ACELY1753)

Year 9 Work Studies

  • Describe the implications of individual learning preferences for learning at home, school, work and in the community (ACWSCL002)
  • Investigate a wide range of occupations, and the skills and personal qualities required in these fields (ACWSCL006)
  • Recognise the importance of self-awareness in career and life design (ACWSCL013)
  • Source career information and resources (ACWSCL014)

Year 10 Work Studies

  • Link personal profiles with potential work opportunities (ACWSCL021)
  • Apply knowledge of self to career decision-making processes (ACWSCL032)

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

Topic: Enterprise Learning

Unit of work: Worlds of Work

Time required: 90 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 video to the class, projector, speakers. Butcher’s paper or sticky-notes, textas, whiteboard markers, “World of What?” Prompt Words print-out, Inquiry Question Word Jumble print-out.

Keywords: inquiry, world of work, life, finding out, career, job, enterprise, general capabilities.

fya_logo_RED_ mediumThe Worlds of Work teacher resources have 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.


Teacher Worksheet

WOW Hero frame 15Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will better understand some ways that they can improve their approach to interacting during learning activities. They will know the theme of the WOW unit and the Big Question they will be inquiring about throughout the lessons. Students will have identified any preliminary questions that they have about the world of work.

Essential questions for this lesson:

  • What are some agreed ways of working for our class?
  • What questions do I have about the world of work?
  • What does it take to succeed in life and work?


Teacher content information: Work has long been important for the livelihood, dignity and happiness of humankind. We know that work helps us meet our most basic and complex needs, providing a path towards financial security, mental and physical health and personal dignity and meaning. For the past century, the prospect of a good job that pays a fair wage has been part of Australia’s promise to our young people. By m

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: The best way to predict your future is to create it!

1. Think about the WORLD OF WORK and what it means to you, then complete the Colour-Symbol-Image visible thinking tool to show your thoughts.

Why does this represent what you think about work? Why does this represent what you think about work? Why does this represent what you think about work?


2. After the class notes their questions around the room, choose one question that best summarises what you are wondering about the world of work, and note it down here: 

3. Note down the inquiry question (the Big Question) you'll be investigating in WOW. Hint: the solution to the word jumble will tell you:

4. Reflect on the enterprise skills you used in this lesson by filling in the table below. You can use this Enterprise Skills factsheet to support your answer.

In relation to these enterprise skills ------> Communication skills Critical think
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