And the Successful Candidate is…
Grade 9 Life Skills class focuses on education and career pathways. The students follow a process to better understand themselves, their strengths, personality types and interests. Students explore how these , and a positive self-concept can impact their career choices and success in the future.
The second half of the semester explores the job application process, students learn how to complete a resume and a cover letter when applying for a job. They also learn what questions are commonly asked during an interview and the importance of body language.
The class undertook many experiential activities during this unit. One performance task centered around the students applying for a ‘job’, either as a math tutor, sports coach, magazine journalist or baby sitter. Each student was competing against each other in their group to be the successful applicant. They had to use all the knowledge they had gained and follow the process that adults go through when applying for a job.
The students also doubled as interviewing panels— creating the questions they were going to ask each candidate who was applying for a ’job’ in ’their companies’. They decided prior to the interview, what they were looking for in the successful applicant and had to justify why they chose the person they did.
Each applicant filmed their interview, this was a great learning experience as it enabled them to review their answers and their body language following the interview. Many candidates were surprised at how nervous they were during the interview despite being prepared. It was really useful them to critique themselves and reflect on what they could do differently in the future.
The interviewing panel gave constructive feedback to each candidate giving the students further opportunity to reflect on their growth edges and strengths.
Reflection is an important part of any learning and in life skills, students are actively encouraged to make connections between what they learn in class and their own lives.
The class gave positive feedback about this performance task, even if students are not in the position of being able to find paid employment here, they can still learn the skills required to give themselves the best opportunity to be successful in the future.
It’s an essential skill in life to be able to identify your own strengths and growth edges. Mapping out a plan for high school, university and eventually a career enables the students to set short and long term achievable goals. If your child is in grade 9 and currently taking life skills, ask them about their education and career pathway, and particularly discuss how your child’s self-knowledge can be used to positively shape his/her future plans.
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