Post-school options: Introduction

Middle years
Senior years
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Resources are provided with this practice

Yes

Summary

myWAY Employability is a smart web application that helps young people plan and prepare for their working life. myWAY Employability guides young people though a series of questions to help them identify their strengths, interests, learning and environmental preferences, and then matches this information to potentially relevant careers and employment pathways.

myWAY Employability provides scaffolded goal setting, to break goals into smaller action lists to track progress. It also contains a variety of information articles co-produced with the autistic community, covering topics such as

  • Preparing for Work Experience
  • Getting Around; Creating a Job Application
  • Pathways to University, TAFE, or College and
  • Disclosure in the Workplace.

The purpose of this practice is to:

  • Introduce students to the myWAY Employability website
  • Support students to login to the myWAY Employability website
  • Engage students in thinking about post-school options

This practice meets the needs of diverse learners. Some students will benefit from  a peer mentor to engage in career-related self-awareness tasks and/or navigate the website independently.  

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

Explore a range of careers

Develop literacy skills

Explore why people work

This practice will help teachers to

Incorporate myWAY Employability into teaching and learning

Cater for diverse learners

Establish school-home-community connections

How the practice works

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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

Preparation for the first time use of myWAY Employability

the registration page for myWAY Employability
  • Become familiar with myWAY EmployabilityIt will help you to demonstrate to your students how to use it.

    • Some features that you may like to explore: 

      • the option to view the site in grayscale is available at the bottom of the landing page

      • the Help section provides further information about the platform and how it can be used

    • We also recommend that you read the article How to use myWAY as part of a team.

 

  • Identify which students may need support to use myWAY Employability interactive activities and the type of support required, for example:

    • a peer mentor to assist them with myWAY Employability

    • an adult to help them with myWAY Employability

      • When an adult is supporting a student, make sure the adult works across all students. That way no one student is singled out as 'different' and all students feel included. 

  • Ensure you plan time for students to set up their logins and passwords.

Resources

Throughout the practices you will find a number of supporting resources. These are scaffolded using the three hands.

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All resources are designed to support your students with the activities in each unit. You can find further information on adjustments in the 'Pre-teach vocabulary' and 'Adjustments for students with diverse abilities' accordions below.

The unit plans for each practice are available as a PDF or in a word version. Use the word version if you wish to amend the plan or record any teaching adjustments.

Some of the activities and quizzes will be completed on the myWAY Employability website. These activities are denoted with the following symbol:

myWAY Employability website indicator

Some students learn the new vocabulary associated with new topics seamlessly. The introduction of new words for some students  however, can be a significant barrier to their learning.  We recommend that students receive dedicated pre-teaching of vocabulary. Each glossary booklet contains word lists and activities at the three different levels of scaffolding. described above The glossary will assist students to pre-learn the vocabulary used in the practice.

If you are not sure how to pre-teach vocabulary, you may like to watch this video which provides a quick example of how to teach vocabulary. Note: this video is intended for viewing by teachers.   

This pre-teaching vocabulary video is included in all of the MyWay Employability practices.

Adjustments  for  students  with  diverse  abilities

All myWAY Employability activities  have been  designed  to  maximise  student  access.  

The notes on making adjustments for students with diverse abilities outline how each practice is designed to assist teachers to teach to the diversity within their classroom.

Teacher notes: Making adjustments for students with diverse abilities

Prior to 'Apply the practice' ensure that your students have access to a computer to individually log onto the myWAY Employability website.

B. Set goals

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C. Apply the practice

Prior to 'Apply the practice'

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

Introduce myWAY Employability to your students

You may like to begin with the introductory video on the myWAY Employability website.  You will find this on the homepage.   

myWAY Employability Introductory video

You may then like to demonstrate to students the various sections of the website and how to navigate between sections. Then make sure all students are able to create their own login account and a password that they can remember.

Explain how you will be using the myWAY Employability website in class and homework activities in the coming weeks.

Ask: Any questions about the website?

Students create logins and passwords

Setting up the login.

Whether the student uses their personal email address or their school address they will need to establish a password. Some of your students may need assistance in setting up a secure password.

  • Students with personal devices will be able to save their password on the laptop.  However, it is still important that this is recorded if they wish to access the site from another machine.
  • If students share devices, they will need to ensure they remember their password and store it securely.

Guidelines for setting up password.

Many sites have guidelines for setting up password which include the use of lower and upper case, symbols and numbers. The passwords for myWAY Employability must be at least 8 characters, contain 3 different character types (lowercase, uppercase, number, etc), and must not contain 3 consecutive identical characters.

Suggested ideas to support students creating password.

Some students may find it difficult to remember their password. To assist students to set up passwords that meet the myWAY Employability requirements, you may like to use the following approach. 

  • Establish a formula for passwords for example – initials + street name or pets name + year of birth
  • Use initials for First name and Surname
  • Street name or pet’s name.  Ask students to choose something that is meaningful to them.
  • Use last 2 digits for year of birth
  • For example, Student Naomi Smith who lives in Leopold Street and was born in 2005 may choose to use NSleopold05 made from the combination of Initials + Street name + Year of birth. She can then record this in her notebook as Initials, street, year of birth.
  • Depending on your students, you may also talk about substituting numbers for letters.  That is, 3 = E and 5 = S and 0 (zero) = O (capital O). For example, the word Leopold would be written as l30p0ld

Explore the site

Allow students time to explore the site once they have created their logins.

In the Post-school options: Self-discovery practice students will complete the myWAY Employability Career Exploration quiz, and the myWAY Employability My Strengths quiz on the myWAY Employability website. 

Optional whole class brainstorm

Remind students of the expectations of group brainstorming. Invite responses to the following question that is written on the boards:

What do you think are important things to think about when choosing a career?
Sample answers:
  • How much money you can earn?
  • Is it a good match to your interests?
  • Is it a good match for your skills and abilities?
  • How long do you have to study or train to get a job in that career?
  • Are there any jobs where you live?
  • Do you need to to travel or live somewhere else to have that career?
  • Do you want to move away from where you live?
Your summary of the activity could include:
  • There are many considerations when thinking about careers.
  • People often change their mind during their career journey - this is okay!
  • Finding a job that matches our strengths and interests are important considerastions.

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