Careers lesson plans

Students in a classroom having a careers lesson
Use our careers lesson plans for KS4 and KS5 pupils to help them explore their skills and their options.

Exploring careers: lesson plan

This lesson aims to encourage students to start exploring different careers, encourage consideration of the different routes into careers and expand students’ thinking by providing exposure to a range of different careers.

The lesson plan is designed for year 12 and 13 students, or year 10 and 11 students who intend to progress on to A level, Scottish Highers or the IB. It’s designed to encourage independent learning via the TARGETcareers website, though we have also provided a sheet of additional resources (below) for students who’d like a bit of extra help.

Exploring careers: additional resources

This additional resources sheet supports the exploring careers lesson above. It provides further information and guidance for students who would like an extra steer.

Transferable skills and competency questions: lesson plan

This lesson divides into two parts. The first introduces the concept of transferable skills and the types of activities that can help to develop them. Students will identify which transferable skills they already possess and consider ways in which they could develop ones that they don’t yet have. The second part of the lesson covers competency questions, which employers use to explore candidates’ transferable skills during the recruitment process for jobs or apprenticeships. Students will learn how to answer competency questions and consider which of their own skills and experiences they can draw on in order to do so.

The lesson is intended for students in year 10 to year 13. It is relevant both for those who wish to go to university and for those who plan to apply for jobs or apprenticeships after leaving school.

Transferable skills and competency questions: additional resources

These resources support the transferable skills and competency questions lesson plan above. They include a summary of what competency questions are and how to approach them, along with a sample competency question and answer.

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