5. myWAY Employability: Life Skills and Goal-Setting

Middle years
Senior years

Resources are provided with this practice



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This practice assists students to identify their level of competency across a range of life skills such as

  • using technology
  • getting around on public transport
  • shopping
  • cooking.

Students are introduced to life skill goal-setting via some case studies. They are then invited to explore their own life skills on the myWAY Employability website.

The MyWay Employability practices on inclusionED meet the needs of diverse learners and most resources are scaffolded. Some students may require a peer mentor to engage to navigate the 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

Assess their life skills

Set life-skill goals

This practice will help teachers to

Use myWAY Employability

Where this practice fits into myWAY Employability educator resources

mwe map lifeskills

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

Familiarise yourself with the Life Skills & Goal Setting quiz on the myWAY Employability website so that you can demonstrate it to students and assist them in class if needed.

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


description of levels of scaffolding



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 inserted at the end of this planning section which is intended for viewing by teachers only. 

Glossary - 1 Hand - Life skills Goal setting

Glossary - 2 Hands - Life skills Goal setting

Glossary - 3 Hands - Life skills Goal setting

Activity: Goal setting

Teacher notes

Teacher notes explain the Goal-setting activity.

Teacher notes - Goal setting

Student worksheet

Three versions of the Goal-setting Case-studies activity student worksheets.

Student worksheet - 1 Hand - Goal setting

Student worksheet - 2 Hands - Goal setting

Student worksheet - 3 Hands - Goal setting

Activity: Soft skills

Teacher notes

Teacher notes explain the Soft skills activity.

Teacher notes- Soft skills

Student worksheet

Three versions of the student worksheet for the Soft skills activity.

Student worksheet - 1 Hand - Soft skills

Student worksheet - 2 Hands - Soft skills

Student worksheet - 3 Hands - Soft skills

Activity: Elevator pitch

Teacher notes

Teacher notes explain the Elevator pitch activity.

Teacher notes - Elevator pitch

Student worksheet

Three versions of the student worksheet for the Elevator pitch activity.

Student worksheet - 1 Hand - Elevator pitch

5.5 Student worksheet 2H MWE Elevator pitch.pdf

Student worksheet - 3 Hands - Elevator pitch

Peer modelling video - Elevator pitch

A peer video accompanies the Elevator pitch activity.



Lesson plan

Your students are likely prepared for completing the goal-setting interactive activity on the myWAY Employability website.

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

    Lesson Plan - Life skills Goal setting

    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? 

      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 lesson plan to meet your needs

      Lesson Plan - Life skills & Goal setting


      3. Introduce the myWAY Employability Goal-Setting Activity

      Go to the myWAY Employability website and show students the Goal-setting section 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 activity you might find the peer video helpful.

      Navigate myWAY Employability

      D. Reflect and refine

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      Reflect on your student goals

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