Lesson 3: My Hopes, Dreams, Aspirations

Recent Prior Experience

Students have completed modules 1 and 2 of their Pathways Plan.

Indicators of Learning 

Students will:

  • identify their hopes, dreams and aspirations

  • gain an awareness of how hopes, dreams and aspirations can help to create a plan for their career

General Capabilities 

Personal and social capability 

  • Self-awareness

  • Self-management

  • Social awareness 

  • Social management 


Lesson Delivery


15 Minutes - What does your future hold?

Ask students to put on their fortune teller hat and look into a crystal ball. What do they see? Can they see an image of the kind of person they will be, the work they might do, or the life they might lead? Remind students that their dreams may be about any aspect of their future life e.g. I want to bring up my children in the country or I want to be able to work anywhere in the world. 

Discuss what students are doing now that will help them to make their ‘fortune’ come true and what they will need to do in the future. I.e. subject selection. Talk briefly about goals and planning.

SMART goals are covered in Module 5: My career action plan.


20 Minutes - Matching jobs

Ask students to complete the ‘Twenty years from now’ worksheet in pairs and then ask them to share their ideas with the rest of the class. Why did they think a particular job was suited to a particular student? Do students agree with what their classmates have imagined for their future job?

50 Minutes - Vision board

Ask students to create a vision board to help them focus on their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Talk about how a vision board can give them inspiration and motivation to work towards their goals.


20 Minutes - Pathways website

Ask students to login to their pathways plan and complete module three: My hopes/dreams/aspirations.

Lesson Evaluation

  • Achievement standard statement

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

 ABCD Career Competencies

Personal Management

3. Change and grow throughout life

3.1 Discover that change and growth are part of life

3.2 Learn to respond to change and growth

4. Participate in lifelong learning supportive of career goals

4.2 Link lifelong learning to personal career aspirations