Lesson 4: My Support Network

Recent Prior Experience

Students have completed modules 1, 2 and 3 of their Pathways Plan.

Indicators of Learning 

Students will:

  • gain an awareness of the importance of asking for help

  • identify their support network

  • understand the power of asking for help

General Capabilities

Personal and social capability 

  • Self-awareness

  • Self-management

  • Social awareness element

  • Social management element

Critical and creative thinking
  • Inquiring – identifying, exploring and organising information

Lesson Delivery


15 Minutes - Accessing your allies

Reintroduce the High Five Messages of career development and focus on the message ‘Access your allies’. Ask students what they think this means? Lead a discussion on how you will progress as much by who you know and who you are, as by what you know. Support from family, friends, mentors and peers is very helpful. 


30 Minutes

Ask students to complete Resource B - Who is in my network? Remind students to think about allies at school (teachers, career advisor, year coordinator, workplace learning coordinator, youth worker, friends etc), home (parents, carers, grandparents, aunts/uncles, siblings etc) and local clubs (tennis coach, piano teacher, scout leader etc).

Emphasise that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Rather it is a sign of strength when you can identify a need, clearly express the need and articulate how others can help you meet the need. There is an opportunity to discuss the skills students may need to enlist the help of others.


20 Minutes - Pathways website

Ask students to login to their pathways plan and complete module four: My support network.

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

2.4 Improve abilities for building positive relationships in life and work