A brand new resource is the latest solution for students wondering what they want to do after they finish school.
My Big Tomorrow offers 93 career options for students in Year 9 and 10 to explore based around their hobbies and interests.
The website was funded by the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program and is an initiative of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle.
A grant was submitted to the government after recognising the need to improve literacy and numeracy skills of students entering higher education.
Year 9 and 10 were the perfect age group to work with and the site aims to better prepare students with the information they need about careers of interest before selecting subjects for their HSC so they undertake the right levels of mathematics and English.
Each career also has a literacy and numeracy education module attached so that students can see the relevance of what they are learning in school and how it applies to the real world, hopefully helping teachers around Australia answer the question of ‘when will I ever use this?’.
It took two creative agencies – Newism and the Village of Useful, four partner schools and a team of staff at the University of Newcastle to bring My Big Tomorrow to life.
Extensive consultation was done with groups of students from the four schools with their input informing the development and content of the site.
“We didn’t want to miss the opportunity of involving students in this project when it was being designed for them. Their involvement is the reason My Big Tomorrow has been so successful – the information on there is what Year 9 and 10 students wanted to see,” said Alexandra Richardson, Digital Resources and Communication Officer for the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education.
Consultation was also carried out with educators to identify gaps in existing resources.
Since launching in early May, My Big Tomorrow has attracted almost 20,000 visitors to the site and has been accessed by schools all across NSW.
The site will continue to be updated, with plans to add teacher resources to the site later in the year.
The mammoth effort of pulling together a national resource has recently been recognised on a global scale, with My Big Tomorrow nominated for the Best Collaborative Project category in this year’s Net Awards.
The Net Awards are in their 16th year and recognise the best in web design from around the world.
Voting is now open to the public with the five most popular projects moving through to the finals next month.
Get behind My Big Tomorrow and vote now.
See more on the making of My Big Tomorrow – embed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ITQrowYNc&index=94&list=PL-XMm0O56R5lJRG16ntNLowmuKRxll6Li