Organising for the Session
You will need to provide the presenters with background on the program and information on the types of businesses the students will tour and projects they will participate in. It is also helpful to point out to the presenters the age of the students as they are used to presenting for older audiences.
Organisation of the Session
Industry Ambassadors can present to the students as a whole but it is useful to consider a round robin or speed dating format where young ambassadors present to a small group with the group moving on to the next ambassador when a bell rings. This format keeps the sessions short, sharp and interactive.
Eliciting and Developing Student Prior Knowledge
Understanding my role during the Presentations:
Developing my prior knowledge before the Presentation
To familiarise students with different pathways a number of young ambassadors have taken in their career and what their experiences have been to date in their careers.
Students will be aware of a range of different pathways taken to a range of different careers in different workplaces.
Invite a variety of Young Industry Ambassadors to share with the students their experiences with their job/ careers: the pathway they took to getting their career, how they went about getting their job, the level of pre-training they had, the amount and type of on the job training they currently participate in.
Prior to the visit students develop a range of questions they could ask the presenters.
When did your interest turn into a passion?
What pathway did you take to your career?
What were the pros and cons of taking that pathway?
What skills and personal qualities are required for success in your chosen career?
Create a pro-forma for note taking with students working in pairs sharing the task of listening and taking notes.
Create a data chart for recording the guest’s ideas. Students who take notes during the presentation are encouraged to use their notes to help with adding to the data chart. Other students can share their reflections.
At the end of each guest speaker add to the inquiry wall.
Teacher provides a list of 5 careers. Students work in groups to order them from length of training they think each career would require and order them from most income to least income. Discuss as a class how careers were ordered with students attempting to justify their choices.
Research the careers that were ordered above with students seeing if they were correct. What is the length of training in each career? What is the pathway? Is there more than one pathway? What is the income range? Use university and TAFE websites and salary finder website.
Investigate people skills used in formal setting such as workplaces. How to interact and communicate with people in more formal settings – manners, topics of conversation, protocols.
Role play various situations – how to interrupt a conversation appropriately, exploring feelings in unfamiliar settings, meeting familiar people versus meeting new people in formal settings. Use scenario cards for students to act out.
What are the benefits of working?
Discuss paid versus unpaid work.
Look at pictures/photos from tuning in – look at the personal benefits of having that job, look at the benefit to others if someone does that job/career.