Same but different

To help young people understand that some skills and values developed at school are linked to the world of work. To compare and contrast school and work.
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Learning intention

  • I will learn ways in which the world of work is similar to and different from being at school

Success criteria

  • I can list things I do in school and how they link to the world of work
  • I can identify my likes and dislikes

Before you start

Resources

  • A day in the life of Suzanne worksheet or watch the video of A day in the life of Ben
  • At school I like/dislike worksheet
  • PowerPoint presentation

Duration

These are suggested timescales and will vary dependent on your group:

  • 45 - 60 minutes

Suitable for

This activity is suitable for Second level.

Experience and outcomes

Health and wellbeing across learning

Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing

HWB 2-10a

I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. I contribute to making my school community one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all. 

Planning for choices and changes

HWB 2-20a

I am investigating different careers/occupations, ways of working, and learning and training paths. I am gaining experience that helps me recognise the relevance of my learning, skills and interests to my future life.

Career Management Skills

Strengths
  • I am aware of my skills, strengths and achievements
  • I build on my strengths and achievements

Career Education Standard ‘I can’ statements

Second level
  • I can discuss the relevance of skills to the wider world and make connections between skills and the world of work
  • I can recognise the skills I have and need for work
  • I own and can manage my profile and can use use it to help me discuss my interests, strengths and skills with my parents/carers and others

Suggested activities

  • Read A day in the life of Suzanne or watch A day in the life of Ben and ask young people to take note of as many of the activities in her/his day as possible
  • Ask young people to add to the list by thinking of things they do at school
  • Individually, young people complete At school I like/dislike worksheet
  • In groups of four/five discuss and suggest for each group member a possible job linked to the individual likes and dislikes highlighted in worksheet activity e.g. likes monitoring infants – nursery nurse or teacher, likes PE – a sports instructor
  • In their groups young people should discuss and suggest four ways that work is different from being at school and four ways it is similar
  • Discuss findings with class and record on a chart showing similarities and differences in work and school

Next steps and related activities

  • Write a brief report on the positives and negatives of school and work
  • Pupils should ask their parents/carers what their day looks like and discuss differences
  • Further discussion could be had around how everyone can get the best from each other in the classroom
  • Pupils can go to myworldofwork.co.uk/ican and use Skills builder to record what skills they have used taking part in this activity