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A group of Cumbernauld primary school pupils are proving it’s never too early to start thinking about your career.

Ravenswood Primary School have been using My World of Work’s I Can tools and resources as part of their employability ‘Big Me’ week.

My World of Work is Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) award-winning career information and advice web service.

Laura Simpson is a teacher and employability co-ordinator at the school.

She said: “It’s important we ensure all our pupils are being equipped with the skills they need for learning, life and work. My World of Work’s I Can tools are helping us do just that.”

One of the tools is personality quiz Animal Me, based on Myers-Briggs personality principles, it helps to start conversations with children on their skills and qualities, and how they might relate to work, matching pupils to an animal who shares their personality traits.

Laura said: “The pupils and teachers have so much fun with Animal Me, and really enjoy finding out what animal they are.

“Across the week we could see the pupils applying what they’d learned about themselves to all the areas of the curriculum, really recognising how their personal strengths played a part in all of their learning.”

Teachers and pupils also focussed on careers in science, technology, engineering and maths careers during their Big Me week.

They held discussions across all age groups about gender stereotyping, highlighting that there’s no such thing as a career just for girls or just for boys.

Laura said: “From Primary 1 upwards it’s clear that pupils are really aware of gender stereotyping, so it was good to get discussion about bias going.

“Our primary 7 pupils also conducted a short survey on attitudes to jobs with their families, which was really interesting for them and meant they could spark similar conversations at home.

“On the final day of the week pupils dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up.

“We had such a great selection of careers from firefighters, doctors and scientists to website builders and the Prime Minister!”

Laura herself was involved in the early development of I Can, part of a team of teachers supporting and guiding SDS to design the digital tools and accompanying resources.

Alison Eaglesham, SDS Partner Development and Intergration Executive said: “We work with teachers to develop all of My World of Work’s teacher resources, to ensure that what we create has a real use and lasting impact for them and their pupils.

“Laura and the team at Ravenswood have completely embraced the I Can tools, and it was great to see how they were used throughout their Big Me week.”

 

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