Every individual takes a different path. Young people may choose to pursue the path of internships, in-school apprenticeships, university studies or volunteering roles. This photo essay highlights the individual paths of young people across Australia.

Year level



60 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies



Learning intention

Students identify educational opportunities that are available to them, by looking at the different options others have taken.

Key outcomes

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

  • identify different future pathways

  • describe a variety of future education opportunities.

Materials needed

  • Paper

  • Pens

  • Access to the ReachOut.com photo essay What should I do with my life?

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Creative and Critical Thinking:

    • Inquiring

    • Generating

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Activity 1

Photo essay

30 minutes

  1. Each student requires access to the ReachOut.com photo essay What should I do with my life? This could be on individual devices, or the essay could be shown to the whole group.

  2. Students draw a table with the following headings:

    • Name

    • Age

    • Chosen career/occupation

    • Why?

    • Interesting points.

  3. Students look at each profile, read the quote and fill in the table.

Activity 2


30 minutes

  1. Students complete an individual reflection using the statement ‘There is more than one path’.

Guiding questions:

  • What options appeal to you when thinking about your future?

  • Does everyone follow the same path?

  • What are the different options available?

  • If you start a degree and decide you don’t like it, what could you do?

  • What options exist at school for you to find out more about future study or vocation?


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