Students think about all the options they have by mapping the paths for different careers.

Year level



60 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies

Social awareness


Learning intention

Students map the education and career paths for a broad range of occupations.

Key outcomes

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

  • identify the broad range of options available to them

  • recognise the different steps in various careers.

Materials needed

  • Butcher’s paper

  • Textas

  • Internet access for each group

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

    • Inquiring

    • Generating

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Activity 1

Group work

30 minutes

  • Divide students into groups of three.

  • Give each group textas and butcher’s paper.

  • Ensure that each group has internet access.

  • On their paper, each group writes down four occupations. Encourage them to be creative and think about options such as:

    • a trade (hairdresser, builder, carpenter)

    • small business owner (cafe owner, shop owner)

    • barista

    • health sector (nurse, doctor, dentist)

    • community services (social worker)

    • education (primary school teacher, science teacher)

    • defence force (army, navy, airforce officer)

    • emergency services (police officer, paramedic, firefighter).

  • Working together, students create a mindmap of the pathways individuals in these occupations may take. Include information such as:

    • Do they need to attend TAFE or university?

    • Where are the necessary courses offered?

    • What are the names of the courses?

    • How long do the courses take?

    • How do they enter (e.g. required ATAR, prerequisites, early entry, private college)?

    • Is there more than one way to enter these occupations?

    • Encourage students to think critically and to consider as many pathways as they can.

Activity 2

Class discussion

30 minutes

  • Ask students to share their mindmaps with the class.

  • Use this opportunity to discuss the varying pathways and opportunities available to students.


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