Activity 3: The challenge
Now that you have:
- some ideas about possible future scenarios, and
- an understanding of entrepreneurial skills and how they relate to you,
you’re ready to tackle the final question:
- Key inquiry question: What's the future likely to hold for you and how can you make your way towards work that you will find rewarding?
In this part of the activity, you will join into small student teams to devise your own scenario for Australia's future and then describe what you see as potentially successful pathways through this future.
- Divide into smaller teams of four – eight students.
- Given the scenarios described in the two presentations, your team is to create a composite scenario that includes what everyone in the team thinks are likely outcomes. You will use other resources to help fill in the details to create the composite scenario.
- As your team creates this scenario, make sure to include imagined sequences of events to make it as realistic as possible. Use collaborative software such as Google Docs or Google Slides to help your team work together.
- Choose a presentation format such as Google Slides, Prezi or an InfoGraphics App (Easelly or InfoGram) to package your scenario and the pathways through it.
- Use the Rubric: My Entrepreneurial Future (PDF) for this activity to help you achieve your targeted result
Hugh MacKay is a well-respected researcher and author whose interesting ideas are based on demographic information. In his book Advance Australia… Where? MacKay tries to answer the question posed by the title of his work. This might give you details you could use to answer the final key question.
Listen to the interview, paying particular attention to what MacKay says about: Under-employment, information technology revolution, perfection and how population size impacts on your generation.
Hugh Mackay – What is it like to be a young Australian in today's world?
View the video where MacKay shares what he thinks about your generation based on the demographic information he has gathered and interpreted. As you watch the video, pay particular attention to what MacKay says about: your generation’s tribalism, education and up-bringing, this era's rapid change, and your generation's attitude toward parental values and ability to cope with uncertainty.
Global competence and Asia capabilities
Because of Asia's rise, many people are making specific suggestions about how to be successful working and doing business in the region. Explore these links for details that might help you create a more informed scenario and your pathways through it.
Specific knowledge and skills are defined by this organisation that they believe will help students succeed in the Asian Century. Look for your interests in the list of Performance Outcomes and Rubrics and see how you compare. Also explore Asia capabilities and see if you have them.
Business and trade
If you are particularly interested in working in the Asian region, you can use the links below. You might find information that you can use as additional data to synthesise with your future scenario and pathways through it.
China-Australia free trade agreement
A free trade agreement was reached between China and Australia (ChAFTA) in late 2014. What parts of the Australia economy does ChAFTA target for improvement?Review the key outcomes to see how it might impact areas of interest to you. See if there is a factsheet on some aspect of your scenario of the future.
Changes are also expected in the global and Australian climate which will impact your future. Some respected reports have come out that include information that might help you add details to your scenario and provide pathways of interest for your future careers.
Negotiating our future: Living scenarios for Australia to 2050 (Full Report)
This report is guided by the overarching question: “What is our realistic vision for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable Australia in 2050 and beyond?”