Year 10
Year 10

Work Experience and Career Planning

Students who wish to do Work Experience in year 10 MUST elect this subject. This unit prepares students for Structured work placement. Students develop work-related skills by developing a career plan and actively exploring their individual career goals and pathways. Students build work-related skills that assist in dealing with issues affecting participants in the workplace. They investigate job tasks and processes in work settings as well as entry level requirements associated with work in selected industries. Students research a work-related issue, and consider strategies related to the development of interpersonal skills and effective communication to deal with the selected issue. After completing the relevant occupational health and safety (OH&S) induction program, students demonstrate the practical application of their work-related skills by completing at least 35 hours of structured workplace learning. Students research work-related issues concerned with the basic rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, including OH&S requirements for specific workplaces, the role of unions in the workplace and equal employment opportunity

Work experience is the short term placement of secondary school students, with employers to provide insights into the industry and the workplace in which they are located. It provides students with the valuable opportunity to:

  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations, and
  • increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

While undertaking work experience, students will observe different aspects of work within their chosen industry and may assist with tasks allocated by their supervisor, but should not undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise. Placements with parents or other relatives are not recommended, as students will benefit more from meeting new challenges in new environments.

Work experience students are assessed or evaluated by their school according to school-based criteria. Their employer is also asked to provide feedback on the student’s performance while at the workplace. Elisabeth Murdoch College acknowledges the important role work experience plays in career planning and course and subject selection. The world of work is constantly and rapidly changing. Work experience provides students with the opportunity to enhance their awareness and understanding, and to build their portfolio of skills.

Benefits of work experience

  • Better understanding of the work environment and what employers expect of their workers.
  • An opportunity to explore possible career options.
  • Increased self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.
  • Increased motivation to continue study and/or undertake further training.
  • Better understanding of how the school curriculum can help prepare young people for work.
  • An introduction to workplace recruitment practices.
  • Enhanced opportunities for part-time and casual employment.
  • Opportunity to include the employer’s work experience evaluation in future job and course applications.
  • Work experience contributes to better informed careers, course and pathways options for young people.