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?” 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.
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.
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.
The 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.