Our Local World of Work

Investigative activity designed for teachers of senior secondary school students, connecting students with business leaders to  develop knowledge of the local business community and create relationships.

Overview

This project is an investigative activity designed to connect senior secondary school students with business leaders to increase their knowledge of a local business, and enhance career planning skills. This project aims to develop transferrable interview and networking skills that students can apply when entering the job market.

Student and Teacher handbooks are available to aid in the classroom framing the interview.

The program consists of pairs of students attending a local business to interview a member of the senior management team about the organisation. Students are required to prepare for the interview by investigating the business and the industry they will be attending and customising the interview questions provided.

Following the interview, the students are required to develop a written report and presentation. Each pair will present their report to the rest of the class as a valuable way of share the information learnt. These presentations can also be a great way of involving the interviewees by inviting them to take part in the presentations.

Previous Program participants include Parade College, Preston Girls, Reservoir High, Academy of Mary Immaculate, John Fawkner SC and Antonine College.

Partnerships with the local businesses engaged in the program are a potential outcome of the program. Ongoing relationships could provide opportunities for a  VCE Business studies component, work experience and opportunities for students to maintain an open channel to discuss real world business theories and practices.

Features

Student and Teacher handbooks

Knowledge and skills:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of local businesses
  • Research
  • Interviewing and phone use techniques
  • Note-taking
  • Report writing
  • Communication and presentation

Eligibility & Application

Suitable Group/s: Year 10, 11 and 12 VCE, VCAL
Program length: approximately 8 weeks

2014 Program TBC


Resources

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Our Local World of Work – Student Handbook

Our Local World of Work Student handbook (Download PDF, 1.2MB) This project is an investigative activity designed to connect senior secondary school students with business leaders to increase their knowledge of a local business. Use this student handbook during the project.

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Our Local World of Work – Teacher Resource

Our Local World of Work Teacher Resource (Download PDF, 744KB) This project is an investigative activity designed to connect senior secondary school students with business leaders to increase their knowledge of a local business. Use this teacher resource to guide the project.

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Face to Face guide

Face to Face is a project which can be used as a prerequisite to Our Local World of Work or a stand alone project. Face to Face is based on students interviewing people of interest in the workplace, conducting additional research, developing a profile of a particular occupation and presenting their findings to an audience. Unlike in Our Local World of Work which asks students to interview strangers, in‘Face to Face students may choose familiar people.