Topic outline

  • General

           Year 9 WOW  Semester 2

    Please use the course outline provided in conjunction with this Moodle  page      


  • Topic 1

    This semester students will be preparing for their work experience for next year. 

    Please note: All work experience preliminary forms MUST be returned by the end of November!

    TERM 3 -  

    Career Action plan….

    cold calling….

    Work Experience….

    tax file number….


    cover letters….

    • Topic 2

      Career Action Plan

      ** PLEASE NOTE** STUDENTS WILL BE COMPLETING A PAPER COPY OF THEIR CAREER ACTION PLAN [CAP]- this will be handed out by the teacher and then collected at the end. PLEASE return all Career Action Plans to ABO, DDE or LWI at the end of the lesson. The Department of Education and Training has mandated that students create, review and exit with a Career Action Plan.

      Importance of the CAPs:

      The Career Action Plan is a very important device that helps you set short and long term goals and develop a plan that will help them achieve these goals.Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It enables you to observe how your taste for particular careers change and then plan for decisions you make for your future.


      1. Goals give you focus:

      You can have all the potential in the world but without focus your abilities and talent are useless. Just like how sunlight can’t burn through anything without a magnifying glass focusing it, you can’t achieve anything unless a goal is focusing your effort. Because at the end of the day goals are what give you direction in life. By setting goals for yourself you give yourself a target to shoot for. This sense of direction is what allows your mind to focus on a target and rather than waste energy shooting aimlessly, allows you to hit your target and reach your goal.

      2. Goals allow you to measure progress:

      By setting goals for yourself you are able to measure your progress because you always have a fixed endpoint or benchmark to compare with.

      3. Goals keep you locked in and undistracted:

      By setting goals you give yourself mental boundaries. When you have a certain end point in mind you automatically stay away from certain distractions and stay focused towards the goal. This process happens automatically and subtly but according to research does happen.

      4. Goals help you overcome procrastination:

      When you set a goal for yourself you make yourself accountable to finish the task. This is in complete contrast with when you do things based of a whim and it doesn’t matter whether you complete them or not. Goals tend to stick in your mind and if not completed they give you a “Oh No! I was supposed to do _____ today!” reminder. These reminders in the back of your head help you to overcome procrastination and laziness.

      5.Goals give you motivation:

      By making a goal you give yourself a concrete endpoint to aim for and get excited about. It gives you something to focus on and put 100% of your effort into and this focus is what develops motivation.

      'Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new ones added, and others dropped'

    • Topic 3

      Introduction to Work Experience

      Work experience is a short-term placement within a business or organisation that you do as part of your school studies. This is COMPULSORY at Yarra Hills Secondary College and in 2017 runs from MONDAY 18 September - FRIDAY 22 September. This is the LAST week of TERM 3.

      Please read the Work Experience Handbook with your parents and and WoW teacher and  start making some decisions about where you would like to do your Work Experience. Complete the Preliminary Form once you have organised an employer and return to the careers office.

    • Topic 4

      Tax File Number [TFN]

      What is it?

      • Your Tax File Number (TFN) is a unique number given to you by the Australian Taxation Office [ATO]. They use it to identify your tax records.  You have to apply for a TFN - you don't get given one automatically.

        To apply for a TFN you can:

        • Pick up a form from your local post office
        • Visit an ATO shopfront
        • Apply online

        To find out more about getting a TFN, check out:

      • It's not compulsory to have a TFN, but without it:

        • Your employer has to take 46.5% of your wages in tax
        • Financial institutions have to tax your interest at 46.5%
        • Centrelink generally won't pay you an allowance like Youth Allowance, Newstart or Austudy
        • You won't be able to defer your HECS or HELP fees
        • Your tax returns or Australian business number (ABN) applications may take longer
        • It's harder to find out about your financial records from the ATO

        Your TFN is yours for life, even if you change jobs, move interstate or change your name. If you leave the country and come back to Australia later, you still need to use the same TFN.

        You should never share your TFN with friends or provide it over the internet when applying for jobs.

      How to Apply? - Online

      Apply at Australia Post

      • You can apply for a TFN at a participating Australia Post retail outlet -  Go to:  if you're an Australian resident and able to attend an interview. There is no fee for lodging a TFN application.

        If you're an Australian resident the easiest way to apply for a TFN is to:

        1. Complete the online form -
        2. Print the summary, which will include your application reference number, and take it to your Australia Post interview.
        3. Attend an interview at a participating Australia Post outlet within 30 days of completing your online form. You'll need to take your printed summary and proof of identity documents to the interview.
      • Work Experience - Cold Calling

        Cold calling is when you contact a business directly to ask if they have any jobs available. It's a good way to find those jobs in the hidden job market - the ones that are never advertised online or in the classifieds. Many of you will use cold calling as a method of contacting possible employers for Work Experience

        Cold calling Tips:

        1. Make a list of contacts
        2. Do your research
        3. Write a script
        4. Make some practise calls
        5. Work out when to call
        6. Get your gear together
        7. Dress to impress
        8. Stay focused
        9. Be polite
        10. Take notes
        11. Review the call and confirm next steps
        12. Be persistent
        13. Keep your promises
        14. Don't get discouraged

        Watch the following video:

      • Topic 6

        Resume Writing

        Your resume (sometimes called your "CV") is your most important tool when applying for a job. It doesn't matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have - if your resume is poorly presented or badly written, you're going to have trouble getting the job you want - or even an interview.

        The purpose of a resume:

        Your resume is a marketing tool. It needs to demonstrate:

        • That you are employable 
        • How you meet the job and the organisation's requirements 
        • That you have the right qualifications and education 
        • That you have the right experience and skills 
        • That you have the right level of professionalism for the job
        • How should I order my resume?

          Generally it's always good to present the information on your resume in this order:

          1. Contact details
          2. Opening statement 
          3. List of key skills 
          4. List of technical/software skills
          5. Personal attributes/career overview
          6. Educational qualifications
          7. Employment history/volunteering/work placements 
          8. References/referees

        Watch the following Video and write your resume:

      • Topic 7

        Cover Letters

        A cover letter is a single-page letter that should be part of any job application.

        The only time a cover letter should not be included is when a job ad clearly says to NOT include one. At all other times you should include a cover letter.

        The purpose of a cover letter

        You might be applying for a specific, advertised job, or you might be contacting a potential employer to see if they have any vacancies. Either way, your cover letter needs to: 

        • Introduce you
        • Mention the job (or kind of job) you're applying for (or looking for) 
        • Match your skills and experiences with the skills and experiences required by the job 
        • Encourage the reader to read your resume 
        • Finish with a call to action (e.g., requesting an interview or asking to meet)

        Watch the following Video and write a cover letter:

      • Topic 8

        TERM 4 

        Career Action Plan….

        Job Interviews….

        Employability Skills….

        Career Profile Test….

        • Topic 9

          Job Interviews

          Congratulations, all the hard work you did in your application/networking has paid off and you have gained an interview! Now comes the next important step - the interview.  This process is placing you in a competitive environment, where you are assessed against other applicants.

          To ensure you have a positive and successful experience, it is essential you are well prepared. To make a good impression at the interview, follow these steps:

          Use the Interactive Guide [link below] to help you practise for a  job interview.

          You can test yourself with some commonly asked interview questions and hear some examples of good and bad answers.

          You can also get some tips on how to deal with difficult questions and the sorts of questions you might like to ask the interviewer.

        • Topic 10

           Employability Skills

          While there will always be job-specific skills that an employer is looking for, most employers will also want you to have some general skills. These general job skills are sometimes called "employability skills".

          Having employability skills can help you get a job. They can also help you stay in a job and work your way to the top. If you score a job interview, chances are you'll be asked questions about your job-specific skills and your employability skills.

          Generally speaking, there are eight skills that employers want you to have, no matter what industry you’re working in:

          1. Communication
          2. Teamwork
          3. Problem solving
          4. Initiative and enterprise
          5. Planning and organising
          6. Self-management
          7. Learning
          8. Technology