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Work discovery

teaching practice

For student year

Years 7 to 12

Helps students to

  • discover training pathways
  • explore work experience

Helps teachers to

  • use myWAY Employability


Transitioning from school to the workplace or further study is not always easy.  Many students are unsure of what they want to do and how to go about discovering this information.

The resources in myWAY Employability support students to explore post-school options including further study, getting a job, working for themselves. These resources re available via the resources tab on myWAY employability and can be used to complement the existing school program.

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Preparing to teach

myWAY Employability resources

The resources area of myWAY Employability contains a variety of resources. Students can refine by category:

  • Extracurricular training
  • On the job
  • Study after school
  • Preparing for work
  • Life skills

Or browse the list to find articles they want.

Category overview

Extracurricular training 

Contains a variety of articles to help students think about work and post-school pathways. These include articles on: 

Discussion starters

  • How can volunteering help build skills to prepare for the workplace?

On the job

The on-the-job category contains a number of articles to help students understand and prepare for the workplace.  These include articles such as:

Discussion starters

  • What do we mean by soft skills?
  • How can we build our soft skills?
  • Why if feedback important at work?

Study after school

For students who are interested in post-school study options. The Study after school category contain some useful articles:

Other resources include:

The Australian Government Beyond School Study Guide also contains some useful information.

Preparing for work

This section contains some useful resources to support students finding work, creating a job application, and preparing for interviews.

Suggested approach:

  • Refer students back to their strengths and interest’s profile.
  • Have students read the myWAY Employability article Harnessing your interests .  This article provides some guidance on how to turn interests or strengths into a possible future career.
  • Refer to the Career Bullseyes(available on to assist students explore career options in their area of interest.
  • Read The types of employment article and discuss the different types of work options

Other useful articles include:

Discussions starters

  • Why do businesses use selection criteria?

Life skills

The life skills category contains articles to support students such as:

Possible discussion starters include:

  • What other some life skills that can assist you post-school?
  • What life skills do you have that can help you with work or study?

Curriculum alignment

This practice aligns with the following standards and capabilities: 

Work Studies Curriculum Standards

  • ACWSCL006: Investigate a wide range of occupations, and the skills and personal qualities required in these fields.
  • ACWSCL014: Source career information and resources.
  • ACWSCL017: Investigate formal and informal recruitment processes.
  • ACWSCL037: Use a range of tools, methods and skills for accessing work relevant to 21st century recruitment and selection processes.

General Capabilities (Personal & Social Capability)

  • Self-management: work independently and show initiative.
  • Social management: communicate effectively, work collaboratively, make decisions, develop leadership skills.

In the classroom

Creating a job application

Draft a letter to a company, workplace, or person to request the opportunity to complete work experience. This could be written like a letter of consideration or job application. Students should consider the following:

  • The benefits to the employer for taking on a work experience student
  • The specific skills the student can offer
  • Why the student particularly wants to have work experience at this place

Use the myWAY Employability Resource : Creating a job application

If students are unsure where to start for work experience opportunities, the article Undertaking work experience and internships has several useful links.

Practice toolkit

Practice implementation planner template

We know it's not always easy to keep track of what's working and what isn't. So, we've created this template for you to record and reflect on what you're doing to create more inclusive classrooms. The implementation planner contains:

  • guidance around goal setting
  • a reflection section (what worked, didn’t work, what to change, and next steps)
  • prompting questions.

Implementation planner with examples

Set your professional learning goal for:

Work discovery
You can set and save your goal for inclusive practices using inclusionED. Saved goals will appear in your profile. Here you can access, refine and review your goal easily.

Benefits of goal setting

Setting, working towards, and reflecting on goals helps you grow professionally and improve your practice. You can access AITSL learning resources for teachers to learn more about:
How to set goals
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership recommends using the SMART matrix to frame your goal setting.

SMART goals refers to goals that are:
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-phased
Read more about Improving teaching practices.


Related Practices

This practice is from the core research project