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Worlds of Work (WOW) is a national FYA initiative that supports young people to make successful transitions to work and life beyond school. The program enhances their understanding of the changing world of work, builds their capabilities and confidence to participate in the workplace, and cultivates skills for lifelong career development. WOW takes Year 10 students on a journey that broadens their view on what it means to be successful in the changing world of work. This is achieved through:

  • FYA-facilitated workshops focusing on personal development and future employment.
  • Conversations with employees from a number of Australia’s leading workplaces.
  • Support from schools and teachers.

Through collaboration young people and employees alike learn that it takes courage, imagination and will to succeed in life and work.


Objectives

  • To increase young people’s understanding of what it takes to be successful in life and work
  • To enhance the employability skills of participants
  • To improve young people’s transitions from school to life in the workforce/further study
  • To meaningfully engage organisations and their employees towards the fulfilment of the WOW objectives
  • To provide meaningful professional development for teachers
  • To positively influence the Careers Development agenda in Australia.

Why?

While schools offer a range of career development activities including work experience, WOW is unique because it is based on how young people like to learn: through experience, immersion and with peers. WOW also addresses challenges young people face in securing work by:

  • building the personal and enterprise skills that employers are seeking
  • engaging industry and workplaces to give young people the opportunity to ask questions and develop their understanding of work and careers as well as build contacts and connections, and
  • reinforcing learning through reflective approaches, group discussions and student inquiry projects.

Outcomes

From 2007-2013 WOW has:

  • Inspired more than 4,800 15 to 17 year-olds to create better future pathways
  • Partnered with more than 50 leading Australian workplaces and engaged over 2,000 workplace volunteers in conversations with young people about work, life and success
  • Teamed up with more than 300 secondary school teachers to strengthen teacher-student relations and explore more inspiring ways of operating within the classroom.

Read the full 2014 Worlds of Work Evaluation Report here.

Want WoW in your school?

Missed out on the Worlds of Work (WOW) program this year? Not to worry! You can sign up here to a new, in-school version of WOW that involves students in Years 7-9 for the very first time.

The new in-school WOW is an online, experiential careers learning program that can be run by teachers, in their classrooms. It seeks to connect students in Years 7-9 with the world of work by providing activities that support meaningful and developmentally-appropriate careers exploration.

And it’s free for schools - we provide all the required materials including lesson plans and resources. All you need to do is deliver the program content and support the students in their journey. You’ll get support from a dedicated Program Manager to make sure bringing WOW to your classroom is a cinch.

Download the WoW Program Overview here or take a sneak peek at the Teacher Toolkit here.

Register your interest below, or contact Sam Brooks for more information at: samantha.brooks@fya.org.au or by calling (03) 9604 6244

How does wow work online?

Start by registering for the program and creating your own class - you'll get a unique link that your students will use to enrol in your class.

You'll get full access to the WOW program lessons and activities

...as well as the ability to review your student's submissions, provide feedback and assess their work.

Your students can access their dashboard, where they can review and improve their submissions, in accordance with the Growth Mindset and self-assessment approach to learning

Each lesson features a short instructional video...

...followed up by interactive activities that prompt thought and discussion about developmentally appropriate careers learning.

Deliver WoW in school today!