Lesson 1B: Welcome to Pathways Planning

Recent Prior Experience

Students have completed modules in their 5-6 Plan and lesson 1A Welcome to High School.

Indicators of Learning 

Students will:

  • learn about the Pathways website and how it can help them to manage their career

  • develop an understanding of the term ‘career’

  • learn that secondary school is an important part of the career journey. 

General Capabilities

Personal and social capability 

  • Self-awareness

  • Self-management

  • Social awareness 

  • Social management 


Lesson Delivery


20 Minutes - Introduction to Pathways

Introduce/reintroduce the Pathways website and remind students about how the website can be used. Ask students to complete ‘A career is…’Worksheet. Lead a discussion on what students think a career is. Introduce the concept that a career is about learning, work and life. It is more than just a job. Talk about lifelong learning and how you can learn anywhere – not just at school. The key message is everyone’s career is a unique combination of things they do and learn. Ask students for their thoughts. 


40 Minutes - What is career development?

Introduce the term ‘career development’ and discuss how it has changed over time using Resources B and C. 

Using Resource D, ask students to draw a diagram of what they think career development might look like in the future. 


Ask students to look at ‘The High Five’ career development messages. 

Hold a class discussion on what students think about the messages.


20 Minutes - Pathways website

Ask students to login to their Pathways Plan and complete module one: Welcome to Pathways.

Lesson Evaluation

  • Achievement standard statement

  • Catering for individual differences, learning styles, special needs (student diversity)

ABCD Career Competencies

Personal Management

2. Interact positively and effectively with others 

2.1 Develop abilities for building positive relationships in life