Rookie: First job (Educator guide)

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Year level 9-12 Enterprise Young adults Economics and business Mathematics English Work Studies

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Moneysmart’s Rookie series helps young people avoid expensive mistakes or 'rookie errors' when they make their first financial decisions. 

In 'First job', students explore various aspects of employment to prepare them for their first job, for example entitlements, deductions and where to go for help.

Learning outcomes

Students: 

Curriculum alignment

Year 9

Learning area: Economics and Business

Content descriptions

Strand: Knowledge and Understanding

  • Why and how people manage financial risks and rewards in the current Australian and global financial landscape (ACHEK040)
  • The changing roles and responsibilities of participants in the Australian or global workplace (ACHEK042)

Strand: Economics and Business Skills

  • Sub-strand: Interpretation and analysis
    • Analyse data and information in different formats to explain cause-and-effect relationships, make predictions and illustrate alternative perspectives (ACHES045)
  • Sub-strand: Economic reasoning, decision-making and application
    • Apply economics and business knowledge, skills and concepts in familiar, new and hypothetical situations (ACHES047)

Learning area: Mathematics

Content descriptions

Strand: Number and Algebra

  • Sub-strand: Money and financial mathematics
    • Solve problems involving simple interest (ACMNA211)

Learning area: English

Content descriptions

Strand: Literacy

  • Sub-strand: Interpreting, analysing, evaluation 
    • Apply an expanding vocabulary to read increasingly complex texts with fluency and comprehension (ACELY1743)
  • Sub-strand: Interacting with others
    • Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)

Learning area: Work Skills

Content descriptions

Strand: Career and life design skills

  • Sub-strand: Gaining and keeping work
    • Identify the importance of rights and responsibilities for employers and workers (ACWSCL019)

Year 10

Learning area: Economics and Business

Content descriptions

Strand: Knowledge and Understanding

  • Factors that influence major consumer and financial decisions and the short- and long-term consequences of these decisions (ACHEK053)

Strand: Economics and Business Skills

  • Sub-strand: Interpretation and analysis
    • Analyse data and information in different formats to explain cause-and-effect relationships, make predictions and illustrate alternative perspectives (ACHES057)
  • Sub-strand: Economic reasoning, decision-making and application
    • Apply economics and business knowledge, skills and concepts in familiar, new and hypothetical situations (ACHES059)

Learning area: Mathematics

Content descriptions

Strand: Number and Algebra

  • Sub-strand: Money and financial mathematics
    • Connect the compound interest formula to repeated applications of simple interest using appropriate digital technologies (ACMNA229)

Learning area: English

Content descriptions

Strand: Literacy

  • Sub-strand: Interacting with others
    • Use organisation patterns, voice and language conventions to present a point of view on a subject, speaking clearly, coherently and with effect, using logic, imagery and rhetorical devices to engage audiences (ACELY1813)

General capabilities

Level 6: Typically, by the end of Year 10, students:

  • Literacy:
    • navigate, read and view a wide range of more demanding subject- specific texts with an extensive range of graphic representations
    • listen to a range of extended spoken and audio texts and respond to, interpret and evaluate ideas, information and opinions
    • interpret and evaluate information within and between texts, comparing and contrasting information using comprehension strategies
    • use pair, group and class discussions and formal and informal debates as learning tools to explore ideas, compare solutions, evaluate information and ideas, refine opinions and arguments in preparation for creating texts
    • use comprehensive knowledge of the structure and features of learning area texts to comprehend and compose complex texts in innovative ways, using conventions for citing others
    • use subject-specific vocabulary to express abstract concepts, and refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning
  • ICT
    • use advanced search tools and techniques or simulations and digital models to locate or generate precise data and information that supports the development of new understandings
    • select and use a range of ICT tools efficiently and safely to share and exchange information, and to collaboratively and purposefully construct knowledge
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
    • assess risks and explain contingencies, taking account of a range of perspectives, when seeking solutions and putting complex ideas into action