Work and money

Work and money

Schools play an important role in preparing young people for the transition into adulthood and employment. The changing and uncertain working world has led to the need for new skills, a shift in the way we think and plan for work and life, and an enhanced need for resilience.

Many students are uncertain and concerned about what their future will look like. It’s important that they are aware of the many options available to them and how they can access these. This resource gives students an opportunity to discuss apprenticeships, casual work, the selection of university courses, and financial independence as they consider what their future path might look like.

Critical thinking, creativity and emotional intelligence are important skills for every student to develop in order to navigate our rapidly changing world.

This resource is designed to help prepare students for the transition from school to further education and employment by reviewing the broad range of options available. We’ve also included some of our most popular content from ReachOut.com that you can share with your students, as well as content from ReachOut.com/Parents that you can share in communications with the parent community at your school.

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Classroom resources

Designed to be relevant and engaging to your students

How to ace a job interview

Students learn about job interviews and practise answering interview-style questions.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

There is no right path

Every individual takes a different path. Young people may choose to pursue the path of internships, in-school apprenticeships, university studies or volunteering roles.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

The gig economy and casual work

Students examine the differences between casual work and the gig economy.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

So many options

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

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

Writing a resume and cover letter

Students learn how to write a cover letter and resume.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

How to juggle casual work

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

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

Skills for the future

Students examine the skills they need in order to be effective members of the workforce.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

Wellbeing Fives

Energise, refocus and develop wellbeing in your students in 5 minutes

Qualification and training terminology

Students become familiar with common qualification and training terms used in further education.

9-10

11-12

5 minutes

Job hunting Q&A

Students investigate the answers to questions they have about looking for a job.

9-10

11-12

5 minutes

The ideal job

Students explore future possibilities by searching for their dream job.

9-10

11-12

5 minutes

Doing what you love

Students watch a short video in which singer/songwriter Rebecca Hatch describes how she feels about her future after the HSC.

9-10

11-12

5 minutes

How to get a job

Students create a flowchart for the job hunting process.

9-10

11-12

5 minutes

What type of worker are you?

Students complete a quiz to find out what type of worker they are. They could be a connector, innovator, organiser or influencer.

9-10

11-12

5 minutes

Skills reflection

Students reflect on the skills they already have, which they will use in the future.

9-10

11-12

5 minutes

Workplace bullying

Students learn that workplace bullying is not acceptable and are informed of steps that can be taken to stop it.

9-10

11-12

5 minutes

Resources for parents and carers

Share with parents and carers to support a whole school approach to student wellbeing

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What your teen needs to know about the future

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Supporting your teen to figure out what they want

When the stresses of high school come to an end, it can be a frustrating time for teens who have no idea what they want to do next.