Entrepreneurialism and you

SubjectWork Studies YearYear 10 CurriculumAC v8.4 Time90

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Students develop an understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur and the qualities of successful entrepreneurs. They reflect on the importance of entrepreneurialism and developing an entrepreneurial mindset for success in 21st century work and enterprise. Students complete a questionnaire to consider where their own strengths lie and identify actions they could take to strengthen the qualities they need to achieve their ambition.

Australian Curriculum or Syllabus

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 10 students explain the relationship between changing circumstances, learning and 21st century work opportunities and identify the skills needed to manage changes. They evaluate work-related communication tools and analyse the skills and capacities needed for 21st century work including appropriate communication skills, collaboration and teamwork. Students explain the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills and a distinct profile
to access and manage 21st century work opportunities and challenges. Students understand the importance of growing self-awareness in improving
learning, accessing work opportunities and developing appropriate skills and making more-informed subject and career choices. They analyse emerging 21st century work arrangements and the resultant changing relationships between participants, the opportunities arising and the skills needed for these emerging work arrangements. Students explain the roles of agencies associated with employment support. They outline 21st century approaches to recruitment and selection, and skills required in responding to them. Students explain the benefits of different cultural perspectives in managing work and problem-solving. They identify possible tensions arising in work-related contexts and understand the approaches to resolve conflicts and tensions.

Students process the skills required to manage change and transition. They select learning strategies and career information and sources and evaluate
and align their personal capacities. They select and apply appropriate communication methods in a range of contexts. Students form and work in teams on a range of work-related tasks and observe and incorporate the skills needed to work collaboratively. They apply entrepreneurial skills to plan, implement and complete a negotiated action project. Students evaluate their findings, propose actions, make recommendations and present these to an audience of stakeholders. They synthesise increased self-knowledge and career information to school and career-based decisions and create potential career scenarios. Students research a range of information and data to identify trends in work arrangements emerging over time and evaluate agencies and organisations that support various employment situations. Students practise using and responding to 21st century recruitment and selection tools, methods and skills for accessing real and created work opportunities. Students collect and interpret information on different cultural approaches to ways of working. They explain the importance of culturally diverse workplaces to managing work, work relationships and productivity. Students apply conflict resolution methods and skills to work-related contexts

Content descriptions

Explain the relationship between lifelong learning and work in the 21st century and its importance for future work opportunities (ACWSCL023).

Explain the range of skills and attributes necessary to work effectively in the 21st century (ACWSCL025).

Assess the benefits of developing an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ and its relevance to 21st century work and enterprise (ACWSCL029).

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Y-chart template

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How to

Writing paragraphs in Work Studies


Writing essays


Am I a natural entrepreneur, intrapreneur or manager?


What qualities do I need to achieve my career aspirations?

Suggested activity sequence

This sequence is intended as a framework to be modified and adapted by teachers to suit the needs of a class group.

  1. Introduce the topic of entrepreneurialism and brainstorm what it means and why it is necessary for business start-up and success.
  2. Display the quote on the visualiser. Students think-pair-share the relationship between entrepreneurialism and work and enterprise in the 21st century.
  3. Use a grouping strategy to organise students into groups of 3.
  4. Groups brainstorm what entrepreneurialism looks like, sounds like and feels like to them and record their responses on a Y-chart.
  5. Groups share their responses.
  6. Display the visualiser and explain the difference between an entrepreneur, and intrapreneur and a manager. Emphasise that the main difference is the level of risk each is willing to assume.
  7. Use a visual brainstorming strategy, such as an affinity diagram, to elicit responses to the following statement:
    Entrepreneurial skills and attributes and an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ are necessary for successful work and enterprise in the 21st century.
  8. Students write a paragraph (or an essay) explaining the range of skills and attributes necessary to work effectively in the 21st century and why developing an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ is relevant to 21st century work and enterprise. Refer students to Writing a paragraph in Work studies–How-to-sheet and or Writing essays–Template.
  9. Students complete the Am I a natural entrepreneur, intrapreneur or manager? Quiz.
  10. Discuss with students what they learned about themselves from the quiz and what they found interesting.
  11. Explain to students that even though they may have certain strengths that may lead them to lead an organisation, manage one or start a business, there is always the opportunity for them to strengthen their capabilities so they can realise their career ambitions.
  12. Students complete the worksheet What do I need to achieve my career aspirations?
  13. Invite students to develop a plan for developing the qualities they identified.