A Real Day Out (RDO) is an immersive experience for students, young people and teachers to learn about future careers and job roles whilst developing 21st Century capabilities.
Run as a stand-alone activity or as part of the Century Capabilities and Careers program, the Real Day Out provides a way to try out jobs of the future, gain introductions to employers, and an understanding of where industry sectors and careers are moving to.
Participants go to interesting workplaces with insight on current and future job roles including what employers expect, how entrepreneurs work and identifying where the STEM is in job roles.
The RDO’s (and routes) are themed to match the career trucks, industry and regional priorities, aligned to 21st Century capabilities and future jobs, with new discovery technologies enhancing the learning experience.
The 21st Century Capability Framework covers 9 capabilities:
- Adaptability and Emotional Management
- Communication and Influence
- Digital and Social
- Cultural and Global
- Purpose and Vision
- Learning and Mastery
- Intelligence and Imagination
- 21st Century STEM
- Career and Workforce
How many participants can be involved?
The number of participants depends on whether supervision is required and the stops available. For high school groups, and for your very first Real Day Out, between 50-200 students is ideal, and for subsequent RDO’s you can grow the numbers to 1000s.
How does it work?
Like a treasure hunt and/or an amazing race, participants work in groups to solve clues and work through business problems at each stop. Prizes and rewards may also provide incentives to engage in the activities and pitch solutions.
Social media is utilised through the day to reflect on learning, promote locations and partners, and for questions plus an overarching aim is to see if you can get the # trending nationally. Content from the #RealDayOut across all social media channels can be pulled into an overall picture and/or participants eportfolios or for evidence of outcomes.
New discovery technologies, like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Social Messaging and the Internet of Things are integrated into the RDO’s. Using an xAPI web based application students can check into locations, watch videos and gain clues or information about where to next, recording and uploading fresh content.
What themes can be used for the RDO?
There are many themes that a Real Day Out can based upon considering the career trucks, locations, industry areas and outcomes including:
- Agriculture, Agritech, Drones and Horticulture
- Building and Construction
- Entrepreneurship, Research and Development (R&D)
- Defence and Space
- Export, global connections and international relationships
- Health and Medtech
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Mining and Resources
- Smart Cities
- Tourism, Food, Events and Hospitality
- Transport and Logistics
What is the time commitment?
Leading up to your RDO there will be discussion and planning meetings, participant prep sessions and content, introductions to particular stops where you have the connections, and input into the schedules. If the RDO is for a high school group, if often works well where teachers participate in a half day RDO and help to co-create the activity for students.
On the day, the start time is usually between 9-10.00 am with a finish time around 3-4.00 pm, in some cases followed by a networking event.
Who could be involved?
Partners and supporters might include:
- Co-working spaces
- Educational institutions
- Industry and business associations
- Government and regional development agencies
- Ministers and MPs
- Tech companies
- Social enterprises
- Workforce planners and developers
- Career BluePrint
- Workforce BluePrint
What are some of the future jobs?
- Robotics specialist
- Cyber security analyst
- 3D print technician
- AR/Virtual Reality (VR) designer
- Network programmer (SDN)
- Machine learning scientist
- Industrial network engineer
- Customer makers
- Neuro implant technician
- Professional triber
- Digital anthropologist
- Platform developer
- Business transformation practitioner
- Cloud architect
- Data scientist
- Urban innovator/Urban mechanics
For this RDO, student working in groups will select a team name and then allocate team members to the following future job roles – for example AR/VR designer, Professional triber, Data scientist, Digital anthropologist, Business transformation practitioner, Cloud architect, Smart city designer, Urban innovator, Social media/messenger manager, Brand ambassador.
How and why might you get involved?
If you are an employer, entrepreneur, industry group, government and/or educational institution, with a connection to economic development, employment, growth and innovation then this is your opportunity to be involved.
At virtual and actual stops, students will learn about future job roles, 21st Century capabilities and be introduced to your organisation. Across the Real Day Out there will be a student challenge to get the # trending nationally on social media alongside press, marketing and promotion.
There will be a kick off and cap off event where you’ll be able to network with VIP’s including Ministers and MP’s, business and industry leaders, key government contacts, technology vendors, educational leaders and students.
What do participants say about the Real Day Out?
“Very interesting and cool”
“Great day” “Very enriching”
“Learnt about the future of industries like banking”
“Didn’t realise that communication skills are number one”
“Fantastic opportunity and really hope it continues on next year”
“What we saw was awesome and intriguing”
“Amazing day, great opportunity and glad I got to go on it”
“Gave ideas of careers that we hadn’t even heard of…”
Want to find out more?
Please contact Jessica Perry via firstname.lastname@example.org, 08 8387 9800 or 0433 574 253 and we’ll work with you on your world-first Real Day Out!