AIM

Understanding Work looks at work options and types of work, as well as developing strategies for finding employment and working through recruitment procedures.

Recommended Lesson Duration

4x 45 Minute Lessons

   
Introduction

Without realising it, students are groomed from a young age towards a future of adult responsibilities. Much of this revolves around the skills and knowledge to enter a lifetime in the workforce. Whether that engagement is productive and satisfying depends on circumstance, values, goals and ambitions, and on the opportunities that are available or that students make for themselves. This module helps in the preparation towards a meaningful and satisfying engagement in the workforce, and towards the understanding that the pathway may take many turns.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should:

  • Define work and what it means in the context of their life and future
  • Understand the motivations behind paid and unpaid work
  • Explain the benefits of work (financial, social, emotional)
  • Recognise that job satisfaction can depend on the different circumstances of a person’s life situation or time of life
  • Appreciate that positive and negative work experiences are often influenced by personal attitude
  • Acknowledge the many factors that influence ‘success’ or otherwise, and the need to adjust expectations to circumstance
  • Understand types of employment and work options
  • Make better informed career choices and decisions
  • Know where to get advice about jobs
  • Explore the various avenues to finding employment
  • Become more familiar with recruitment procedures
  • Understand and evaluate job advertisements
  • Manage their expectations with rejection
  • Appreciate the road will not always be easy and that the search can take different and unexpected paths
Student Activities

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF WORK?

WHAT INFLUENCES YOUR CAREER PATHWAY DECISIONS?

CONSIDERING YOUR JOB FIT

EXPAND YOUR OPTIONS

MORE THAN ONE DIRECTION

JOB PLANNING CHECKLIST

DIRECT APPROACH SCRIPT

JOB SEARCH LOG – ONGOING

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT/INTERVIEW –IN OWN TIME

UNDERSTANDING WORK GENERAL CAPABILITIES TABLE

CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS

WORK AND LIFESTYLE (Brainstorm, discussion)

NETWORKING FOR JOBS (Notes, discussion)

Understanding Work Contents