2. myWAY Employability: Exploring interests

Middle years
Senior years
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Resources are provided with this practice

Yes

Summary

The purpose of this practice is to provide students with an opportunity to:

  • explore their career interests
  • develop their career-related self-awareness

Included in the practice is: 

  • a game
  • some videos of young people discussing their career journeys
  • a career interest quiz for students that is on the myWAY Employability website

This Exploring Interests practice can be used in conjunction with the inclusionED Big picture: career interests practice which was one of the original practices that was developed as part of the Autism CRC research project called Better OutcOmes & Student Transitions for Autism or BOOST-A .

The MyWay Employability  resources on inclusionED meet the needs of diverse learners and most resources are scaffolded. Some students may require a peer mentor to engage in tasks requiring career-related self-awareness, and/or in independently navigating a website. 

This practice aligns with the General Capabilities of the Australian curriculum as described on the website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

This practice also aligns with the National Curriculum Work Studies as described on the website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

This practice will help students to

Reflect on their interests

Learn about different careers

This practice will help teachers to

Use myWAY Employability

Where this practice fits into myWAY Employability educator resources

map of practices 2 interests

This practice focuses on career interests and provides a range of activities including a game, videos of people talking about interest-led careers, and of course, the interactive activity on myWAY Employability.

It is our hope that by encouraging students to think about their interests and explore careers that match their interests they are supported to be ambitious about their career goals and “Dream Big”.

Apply this practice with your students

The tabs below provide information to support your implementation of this practice. The sequence aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership's High-Quality Professional Learning Cycle. You can find out more about high quality professional learning in the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders.

A. Plan

Practical checks

  • Have all students created an individualised login?

  • Do all students have access to the myWAY Employability website?

  • If needed, have you organised a peer mentor or an additional adult? 

Teaching and learning materials

Choose from several resource materials provided in this practice to use or adapt ahead of the lesson.

Decide which version (1 Hand, 2 Hand or 3 Hand) of the resources will meet the needs of each of your students.

Remember: 

description of levels of scaffolding

 

Glossary 

The glossary can be used to assist students to pre-learn the vocabulary used in this practice. If you are not sure how to pre-teach vocabulary, we have a quick example at the end of this planning section which is intended for viewing by teachers only:

Glossary - 1 Hand - My Interests

Glossary - 2 Hands - My Interests

Glossary - 3 Hands -My Interests

Sample lesson plan

This sample Lesson Plan is incorporated into Section C: Apply the practice below. 

Lesson Plan - Career Interests

Sample Lesson Plan - Career Interests

Adapt this sample template as required.

Decide if you will integrate this practice with the inclusionED Big Picture: Career Interests practice.

Activity: 20 Questions

Teacher notes

Teacher notes explain the 20 Questions activity.

Teacher notes - My Interests - 20 Questions

Student worksheet

Three versions of the 20 Questions student worksheets. 

Student worksheet - 1 Hand - 20 Questions

Student worksheet - 2 Hands - 20 Questions

Student worksheet - 3 Hands - 20 Questions

Video peer-modelling

Video peer-modelling of the 20 Questions task. Students completing the 3-Handed version may find it helpful to view others completing this activity,

 

Activity: Selfie video

Teacher notes

Teacher notes explain the Selfie video activity. 

Teacher notes - My Interests - Selfie videos

Student worksheet

Preview selfie videos and fill out the note-taking chart(s) as an example. Scroll down under these videos to find three versions of the Selfie video note-taking student worksheets available for downloading.

 

 

 

Student worksheet - 1 Hand - Video note taking

Student worksheet - 2 Hands - Video note taking

Student worksheet - 3 Hands - Video note taking

Pre-teaching vocabulary

The glossary can be used to assist students to pre-learn the vocabulary used in this practice. If you want to refresh how to pre-teach vocabulary, we have a quick example here,  which is for viewing by teachers only. 

B. Set goals

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C. Apply the practice

1. Login to myWAY Employability

Ensure that your students have access to a computer to individually log onto the myWAY Employability website.

2. Please adapt this sample lesson plan to meet your needs

Screenshot of the Lesson Plan

3. Introduce the myWAY Employability Career Interests Quiz

Go to the myWAY Employability website and show students the Career Interests on the dashboard. You will need Internet access for this task.

Use a Smartboard if you have one available, otherwise ask students to go the website (using a computer or tablet) and talk them through it.

Demonstrate to students how to complete the quiz. You might find the peer videos helpful for your students. The first video shows a student starting the career interests quiz. The second video shows a student completing the quiz and modelling what to do if they have no experience with one of the tasks given.

 

 

D. Reflect and refine

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