Job Orienteering is a Finnish idea in which students aged 11-15 must find their way to different workplaces in order to complete a series of work-based tasks. Not only do they gain a real experience of work but they also become more aware of the impact enterprise has on their local environment and community - AND they get to practise their orienteering skills!
Purpose and process
To help students gain an insight into the society in which they live and to help them prepare for future adult and working life. This activity could be particularly useful for preparing young people prior to their work experience or 'On-the-Job Training' placements. Job Orienteering gives students an opportunity to choose a range of workplaces they would like to visit; they plan how to get there by walking or cycling and gain points on their 'orienteering pass' showing successful completion of a task, planned in collaboration with company representatives, in each company they visit. Older students act as supervisors and task providers in each workplace. Only once a task has been completed to a satisfactory standard will a student be permitted to continue to the next workplace.
- Come to understand the importance and needs of the public sector, the business world and organizations from the perspective of the functionality of society
- Come to know working life and entrepreneurial activities through undertaking tasks in real work environments
- Begin to understand the importance of entrepreneurship to the individual and society through witnessing entrepreneurial working methods and attitudes. This supports students’ development as independent, initiative-taking, goal-conscious and cooperative citizens.
Curricular or thematic relevance
This programme addresses the definition of entrepreneurship as a cross-curricular theme - as set out in the Finnish national curriculum. The activity can also be seen to link on a cross-curricular basis to Citizenship, Business Studies and Geography
How to organise:
Suspended timetable activity; duration depends on the number of students and workplaces involved.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Orienteering Pass; feedback from student supervisors and company representatives; debriefing process may take place after the event
Finding local companies willing to host visits by students and to organise tasks for them to do is essential for running this activity. Company representatives may need to support the student supervisors throughout the event
In Finland the method has been used in school grades from fifth to ninth (11-16-years old pupils), but it is suitable also for higher school levels.
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Great idea. I have done something similar with my pupils (15-16 years old, social science). Suitable for a small town, where you can walk or cycle and the city center is small enough.
Mobiles and iPads gives more possibilities: fotos, videos etc.