Inspire Module Overview

Module 1, Inspire, is all about introducing the concept of careers to Key Stage 3 students and giving them the inspiration to get thinking about what they might like to do in the future.

After hearing from a Business Ambassador about their job, students will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the range of roles available to them, think about what skills and qualities employers value and finally consider what makes people successful.

Module Aims

  • Inspire students about the world of work and what it can offer.
  • Introduce key employability terminology, focusing on the skills and qualities needed for employment.
  • Motivate students to think about what interests them and how they can use these interests in future careers.
  • Help students make the link between success and certain skills and qualities and how these can influence their job choices.

Learning Objectives

  • To broaden the students understanding of the range of roles and jobs available by exploring the career pathway of the Business Ambassador.
  • To identify skills and qualities needed for every job and to recognise their importance to achieving success.
  • To allow students to create links between skills/qualities and jobs.
  • To develop investigative research skills, teamwork and presentation skills.
  • To create a link between aspirational figures and students own lives.

Key Messages

  • Your career journey doesn’t have to be separate from your hobbies, skills and interests outside of school. If you do something that you love then it won’t seem like work!
  • There are a huge range of occupations and jobs available. Explore your options as there are lots of occupations you may not even know about.
  • Just like working towards qualifications, your personal development is an ongoing process. Continue to challenge yourself and be your personal best.

Core Module Materials

These core materials are available for the 1 Hour Careers Lab Module 1 – Inspire:

  • Inspire Overview  (a summary of activities and a guide on timings)
  • 1 Hour lesson plans and PowerPoint presentation
  • Activity worksheets ‘Top Dog’ and ‘Spot the Difference’
  • Inspire Wordbank (A list of skills and qualities)
  • Completion Certificate

Activity instructions and worksheets are also available to download separately and can be used with other modules.

These core materials are available for the 3 Hour Careers Lab Module 1 – Inspire:

  • Inspire Overview  (a summary of activities and a guide on timings)
  • 3 Hour lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation
  • Activity worksheets ‘Top Dog’,  ‘Spot the Difference’ and ‘Steps to Success – Job Advert’
  • Inspire Wordbank (A list of skills and qualities)
  • Completion Certificate

Further Information

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Module Materials

Inspire – Activity One

Spot the Difference

After hearing from the business ambassador, this is a three part activity using short case studies students will develop student’s understanding of how skills and qualities are used in a range of jobs.

This lesson demonstrates that all employers look for core employability skills, and that students are already demonstrating at school. The Business Ambassador explains their role and communicates the skills/qualities needed for this.

Download Spot the Difference

Inspire – Activity Two

Steps to Success

In the 3 Hour lesson, following a quick fire A to Z jobs challenge, students carry out research to produce a job advert for a job including, skills and qualities needed, day to day tasks, pay and entry requirement and a possible employer.

Students can research jobs from the Business Ambassador’s company or might look more widely.

Download Activity Steps to Success

Inspire – Activity Three

Top Dog

This lesson creates a link between aspirational figures and students’ own lives, helping them to identify the type of skills and qualities needed for success. The Business Ambassador describes someone they admire and shows that you don’t stop having role models – lots of people will inspire and motivate you on your career pathway.

Download Top Dog