Year 12 General Careers and Enterprise

Course Outline 2019


TEXT – Carolan

Semester 1 – UNIT 3

Week Content Assessment

Term 1


Week 1

Introduction to the course; distribution of syllabus, course outline and assessment outline

Learning to learn

⦿ identify personal and professional skills and attributes, and understand their link to career development

⦿ self-management strategies to enhance personal change and growth, including:

⦾ self-reflection

⦾ construction of SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time based) goals

⦾ interacting with others through teamwork and networking


Week 2

 Gaining and keeping work

⦿ skills used to connect with and work with others, such as recognising strengths and weaknesses of your interpersonal skills

⦿ the features of the personality types outlined in Holland’s Theory of Career Choice (1985) and how they relate to career choice

⦿ determine own personality type and preferred work environment using the personality types and work environments outlined in Holland’s Theory of Career Choice (1985)


Week 3-4

The nature of work

⦿ factors that create effective workplaces, including:

⦾ management of human, physical, financial and technological resources

⦾ internal and external communication strategies and processes, including meetings, telephone calls and text messages, emails, memos, letters, newsletters, intranet and internet

⦾ health and safety workplace legislation

⦾ equal employment opportunity workplace legislation

⦾ quality assurance standards

⦿ the relationship between individual efficiency and work satisfaction

⦿ the need for rights and protocols for the workplace, including:

⦾ health and safety

⦾ equal opportunity

⦾ codes of conduct and standards

⦿ completion of a WorkSafe SmartMove industry-specific module

⦿ reasons for, and requirements of, an employment contract with reference to the National Employment Standards from the Fair Work Act 2009

Task 1- Personality traits and career choice (5%)


Week 5-6

Work skills

⦿ the need to recognise diversity within a workplace, including:

⦾ ages

⦾ ethnicity

⦾ physical ability

⦿ the need to adjust to diversity within a workplace

⦿ the steps in planning and organising work load and work/life balance, including:

⦾ determining the amount of work to be completed in a set timeframe

⦾ identifying personal priorities related to work hours and work patterns

⦿ ways to build networks that will enhance career opportunities, including:

⦾ identifying people you feel comfortable talking to and whose advice you listen to

⦾ increasing the range of people you know in a work role

⦾ using of technology to help expand networks

⦾ strategies to deal with unexpected events in a workplace


Week 7

The nature of work

⦿ features of each of the following workplace organisational structures:

⦾ hierarchical

⦾ flat

⦿ the impact of global trends on the workforce, including:

⦾ the ageing workforce

⦾ a more mobile population

⦾ changing work roles of family members

⦾ e-commerce (for example, online shopping)

⦾ overseas outsourcing

Career development and management

⦿ the influence of global trends on changing workplace requirements, including:

⦾ possible increased travel requirements

⦾ increased need for technology for video or teleconferencing

⦾ more cultural diversity in work environments

⦿ the impact of global trends on individual career development, including:

⦾ ageing workforce

⦾ a more mobile population

⦾ changing work roles of family members

Task 2- Impact of global trends (5%)


Week 8

Oral presentations for Task 2


Week 9

Career development and management

⦿ the impact of social, cultural and technological change on current work patterns and work settings

⦿ the impact of economic, social and technological change on individual career development

⦿ the concept of e-networks

⦿ how social media can be used as a career development tool


Week 10

Learning to learn

⦿ strategies to build and maintain a positive self-concept for career development, including:

⦾ promoting yourself to others

⦾ targeting job searching to match own personal profile

⦿ identify personal and professional learning opportunities and understand their link to career development

⦿ the value of participating in lifelong learning designed to support career goals

Task 3:

Profile matching (10%)

Term 2, Week 1

Week 11

Entrepreneurial behaviours

⦿ taking personal risks when making career decisions, including:

⦾ relocating

⦾ accepting less pay

⦾ taking a gap year

⦾ undergoing re-training

⦿ remaining employable in constantly changing workplaces, including:

⦾ undertaking training and up-skilling

⦾ networking and e-networking

⦿ considering labour market information to identify employment opportunities, including:

⦾ self-employment opportunities

⦾ business and product development

Task 4:

Employment opportunities (10%)

Term 2, Week 2-3

Week 12-13

Career development and management

⦿ strategies that give an individual an advantage in the workplace, including:

⦾ taking advantage of work opportunities

⦾ undertaking training

⦾ seeking learning opportunities

⦿ strategies to assist in making decisions in a work context, including:

⦾ choosing from a set of pre-determined options

⦾ using a formal decision-making process

⦿ examine personal progress in each of the following career competencies:

⦾ make career-enhancing decisions

o seeks advice, feedback and support as required

⦾ maintain balanced life and work roles

o develops a personal, school and work timetable to manage all commitments

⦾ understand the changing nature of life and work roles

o identifies changes in personal roles and commitments that will occur in the school to post-school transition

⦾ understand, engage in and manage the career-building process

o sets personal learning challenges using formal and informal learning opportunities

⦿ develop/refine own electronic individual pathway plan (IPP)

⦿ develop/refine own electronic career portfolio

Task 5:

Electronic individual pathway plan (5%)

Term 2,

Wk 4

Week 14

Gaining and keeping work

⦿ location of job opportunities, including:

⦾ newspapers

⦾ websites

⦾ social and professional networking

⦾ professional associations

⦿ interpret requirements in a job advertisement, including:

⦾ job description

⦾ job location

⦾ qualifications required

⦾ selection criteria

⦾ expression of interest requirements

⦾ application process and deadline

⦿ strategies for successfully applying for a job, including:

⦾ writing a job application letter

participating in an interview situation

Examination Revision (assessment-free week)

Term 2,

Wk 5-6

Week 15-16

Externally set task: A task set by the SCSA based on the following content from Unit 3

Task 6:

EST Examination (15%) UNIT 3


Semester 2 – UNIT 4

Week Content Assessment

Term 2


Week 1

to 4

Introduction to unit

Work skills

⦿ adapt communication skills to show respect for differences within the work place, including:

⦾ values

⦾ beliefs

⦾ cultural expectations

⦿ strategies and processes for resolving conflict in the workplace, including:

⦾ informal strategies and processes, such as, communicating concerns through supportive relationships, being tolerant of others, adopting a positive approach to resolving differences, and internal mediation

⦾ formal processes, such as, arbitration processes, industrial tribunal hearings and trade union intervention

⦿ work rights and protocols in the use of technology, including:

⦾ legal rights and responsibilities (for example, copyright implications)

⦾ procedures and expectations in the workplace

Task 7:

Conflict resolution (15%)

Term 3, Wk 1-2

Week 5-6

The nature of work

⦿ the interrelationships between individual efficiency, workplace productivity and sustainability

⦿ the use of performance management as a tool to improve individual efficiency and workplace productivity

⦿ considerations for individuals in the workplace, including:

⦾ pay and conditions

⦾ ethical considerations, including following the code of conduct

⦿ the concepts of organisational restructuring and workplace reform

⦿ the impact of organisational restructuring on individual career development

⦿ the concept of work/life balance

Term 3


Week 7-8


⦿ being enterprising in a global economy, including:

⦾ making international business links

⦾ identifying consumer gaps

⦾ using technology (including online groups)

⦿ steps in problem solving within the work place, including:

⦾ identifying the problem

⦾ applying a decision-making process, such as SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats)

creating an action plan to execute the solution

Term 3


Week 9-10

Learning to learn

⦿ the need for ongoing self-assessment when responding to change, including:

⦾ personal life

⦾ professional life

⦿ responding to change and how it may impact an individual’s career, including:

⦾ retraining

⦾ updating skills

⦾ managing finances

⦾ coping with unemployment

⦾ the need to undertake personal and professional development opportunities to maintain up-to-date skills and knowledge

Task 8:

Solving a problem in a workplace (10%)

Term 3

Wk 7

Week 11

Gaining and keeping work

⦿ methods of finding job opportunities, including cold canvassing

⦿ awareness of innovative contemporary strategies for gaining employment, such as:

⦾ YouTube promotion

⦾ live performance

Career development and management

⦿ refine own electronic career portfolio

⦿ formats for job applications

⦿ formats for cover letters

Task 9:

Innovative strategies (10%)

Term 3

Wk 8

Week 12

Examination Revision

Term 3

Wk 9

Week 13


Task 10:

Electronic career portfolio (15%)

Term 4


Examination Feedback

This document is subject to revision. The Year 12 Syllabus for General Careers and Enterprise can be found on the SCSA website.