Students assess different ways they can look after themselves as they enter the workforce.

Year level



60 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies


Learning intention

Students identify practical ways they can look after themselves when they start working.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe different strategies they can use to look after themselves

  • identify available support structures.

Materials needed

  • Butcher's paper

  • Pens

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

    • Inquiring

    • Generating

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Activity 1


5 minutes

Explain to students:

  • Juggling work and life can be difficult, especially if you are just entering the workforce.

  • Work is often inconsistent, so it requires careful planning and organisation.

  • There are lots of different ways to manage the work/life balance.

Activity 2

Group activity

45 minutes

Write the following tips on butcher’s paper and place around the room:

  • Get organised

  • Practise self-care

  • Manage your time

  • Stay connected

  • Accept uncertainty

  • Get expert advice

In small groups, students rotate around the room writing their ideas for each heading. They may like to research or suggest ideas and strategies they already use. Prompting questions:

  • Why are these tips important when doing casual work?

  • What are some strategies that could be used for each tip? (Examples: Apps to get organised, social media to stay connected.)

Activity 3


10 minutes

The last group at each station will summarise back for the class what is written on their page.


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