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Extension activities and discussion ideas

To complement careers discussed in the Working World programme throughout the fact sheets, Careers Route Maps and videos, below is a list of suggested extension activities that could help further young people's learning about careers and world of work in the classroom.

It also includes suggested further learning activities around employability skills, and how to put these skills into practice.


  • Have students share in groups their career ambitions for the future. Do they know what they want to do in their working lives?
  • Ask students to pair up and tell each other what they want to do in the future. The other students should guess the average salary for this role and then research the actual salary range to see if they are correct.
  • Have students write a job description for their ideal job. Present this to rest of the class.
  • Have students create their first CV. They can use the 'Curriculum Vitae Writing' fact sheet in the 14-16 resource for guidance on suggested information to include.
  • Ask students to get in groups of two to practice interviewing. One person is the hiring manager and one is the interviewee. They can use the 'Interview Tips' fact sheet in the 14-16 resource for suggested questions that might be asked in an interview. Following the mock interview have students give feedback to each other on the clarity of their answers.

Employability skills

  • Problem Solving: Using words from the programme glossary, have students practice these with each other 'Jeopardy-style' by reading the definition and students have to guess the term.
  • Literacy and Communication: Imagine its 25 years in the future. Your students have been in the paper due to the success of their work. Have students write an article detailing their achievements thus far career-wise.
  • Business Awareness: Have students create a leaflet or brochure for their dream company or organisation. What does the organisation do? Who are its customers? What role would you play in this company?
  • Numeracy: Have students practice quick sums in groups of three. One person keeps score and players need to answer as many mathematical questions as possible in one minute. The player who gets the most correct within the time wins.
  • Responsibility and Dependability (and Teamwork): Split the class into groups of five. Create a human chain and blindfold four people. The 'leader' is not blindfolded – this person needs to lead the group around the school by giving clear instructions to their team who cannot see – e.g. turn left, right, step up, down, etc. Following the short exercise, have the blindfolded group give feedback to the leader.
  • Information Technology (IT): Have students practice basic Microsoft Office programmes by giving them a series of tasks to do in Word (e.g. format a paragraph, change line spacing, add page numbers), Excel (do simple sums, sort data, add a column) and PowerPoint (create a new presentation, add a slide and photos).
  • Adaptability and Flexibility: Have students research the qualifications needed for them to do their chosen career – are there different options or routes available to get there? What are they?
  • Teamwork: Split the class in two groups/teams to play career 'charades'. Within their team, students have to pick a profession that they will 'act out' for the other group to guess. They have to work together as a team to make sure everyone is included and participating, and equally have to work together to figure out what the other group is demonstrating.
  • Organisation (and Problem Solving, Teamwork): Have students arrange themselves in a line in order from oldest to youngest – without talking. Students need to be creative to communicate with each other, and work as a team to complete the task.
  • Positive Enthusiasm and Commitment: Have students create a presentation about a hobby (or another topic) they are very committed to. Present this to the rest of the class.

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