My World of Work Live

Interactive exhibits and activities bringing careers to life

Interactive exhibits and activities bringing careers to life

My World of Work Live is a set of fun, interactive activities that help young people understand possible future careers. Aimed at pupils in P5 to S6 across Scotland, activities are designed and delivered by experts with a passion for education and learning.

Using the latest technology, the activities help young people identify their own skills and learn about the world of work, the key sectors and what jobs Scotland will need.

2020/21 saw a fantastic uptake of virtual sessions from schools across the country and this year there have been more activities added to the programme. This includes some that can be delivered face to face so that pupils can continue to build on their skills.

Virtual interactive activities

These fun activities are designed to support the delivery of experience and outcomes in the Curriculum for Excellence. They're aligned to the Career Management Skills framework and support the realisation of self, strengths, horizons and networks.

Classroom Clash

Learn about Scotland’s key sectors with these interactive games where you can work in teams and compete against your classmates! Test your knowledge after each game with a quiz about the sectors.

Suitable for: Pupils in P6 to S3

Activity Length: Can be customised to fit in with school’s timetable

Delivery method: Face-to-face or virtually 

Note: This is limited to groups of 30 pupils.

Sessions can be booked here

Drones in Construction

Pupils will learn what drones are, what they do and how they are used in the construction sector. Pupils will learn how to safely fly a drone and use it to collect high quality images of structures so they can be inspected. Endorsed by Balfour Beatty, this session helps young people learn more about the construction industry in Scotland and the careers available.

Suitable for: Pupils in S2 to S3

Activity Length: 60 minutes

Delivery method: Face-to-face 

Note: This is limited to groups of 10 pupils

Sessions can be booked here

Game Design

Get a taste of what it’s like to be a game designer!

Young people will learn more about how computers work and the jobs involved in making a video game. Using Microsoft MakeCode, young people will program and create their own short video game, learning basic programming skills.

With the opportunity to create their own unique game, this activity will allow young people to use their own creativity and build on their programming skills – getting an understanding of why these are important in the world of work.

Suitable for: Pupils in P7 to S3

Activity Length: 60 minutes

Delivery method: Virtually 

Sessions can be booked here

Game Design 2 – The Floor is Lava!

Building on skills used in Game Design, pupils get to create a more complex game and learn more about jobs in digital technology.

As a follow on from the previous activity, young people will have the opportunity to put some of the skills they have already learned into practice and build on these to create a more complex platform game. They will also build on their understanding of what it takes to create a video game and what the gaming industry in Scotland looks like.

Suitable for: Pupils in P7 to S3

Activity Length: 60 minutes

Delivery method: Virtually 

Note: Pupils should have already completed the first Game Design activity.

Sessions can be booked here

Game Design 3 – Final Frontier

Building on skills used in previous Game Design sessions, this provides an insight to Scotland’s space industry whilst learning about the problem of space junk.

This will help young people continue to expand on the game design skills they have already learned and create a space themed game where they will look at targeting the issue of space junk and what is being done to address this. As well as building on their knowledge of skills needed in digital careers, this will help them understand how the space industry is growing and the careers available within this.

Suitable for: Pupils in P7 to S3

Activity Length: 60 minutes

Delivery method: Virtually 

Note: Pupils should already have completed Game Design and Game Design 2.

Sessions can be booked here

Cracking Cryptography

Young people will learn about cryptography and will use programs to encrypt and decrypt messages whilst exploring careers in cyber security.

Learn about how cryptography has been used throughout history, crack some codes using a Caesar cipher and look at how this has progressed over the years. Encryption is used in almost every industry, including through applications that young people are using every day. They will gain an understanding of how the use of encryption has created opportunities and the skills that will be required in this industry.

Suitable for: Pupils in P7 to S3

Activity Length: 45 minutes

Delivery method: Virtually 

Sessions can be booked here

Cryptocurrency

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Building on skills learned in Cracking Cryptography, we explore cryptocurrency and step into the shoes of a crypto miner while learning about jobs in FinTech. Cryptocurrency is widely used today and in this activity, you’ll have the chance to learn more about it, what the benefits are and how it works. Using their maths skills and learning more about how transactions will work with Cryptocurrency, this will give them an insight to the different career opportunities in FinTech and the different skills required.

Suitable for: Pupils in P7 to S3

Activity Length: 45 minutes

Delivery method: Virtually 

Note: Pupils should already have completed Cracking Cryptography.

Sessions can be booked here

Code Art

Young people will learn to create shapes using computer programming. Using HTML and CSS, they will create their own artwork, learning how to change size, colour and positions of their shapes. This will give them an understanding of how the coding languages work and an insight into the digital careers.

Suitable for: Pupils in P7 to S3

Activity Length: 60 minutes

Delivery method: Virtually 

Sessions can be booked here

Here We Code Again

Building on skills learned in Code Art, pupils will create a set of shapes that must fit together and discover how mathematical theorem is used every day. We also cover careers related to these skills.

This activity takes coding with shapes to a whole new level, looking at shapes in more detail, learning how to rotate and create shapes to meet a required design.

Suitable for: Pupils in P7 to S3

Activity Length: 60 minutes

Delivery method: Virtually 

Note: Pupils should already have completed Code Art

Sessions can be booked here

Meet the expert

As part of the My World of Work Live programme, we’re running virtual Meet the Expert sessions for young people.  Experts from a range of sectors are taking part in the 40-minute sessions where young people will have the chance to gain valuable insight to the role.

Find out more about the Meet the Expert sessions.