Teaching ideas

Lesson 3: Refugee career pathways

Learning outcome

Participants will develop an understanding of the different career and education pathways available for people from refugee backgrounds.

Note that the aim of this exercise is to let students empathise with the difficulties that people on humanitarian visas may have. Refer to Excerpt 3 for background information after consultation with students.

Lesson resources

Step 1. Brainstorm

Ask students to imagine that they have just arrived in Australia as a refugee and need to find work.

  • What type of work would you look for?
  • Where would you look for work?
  • What skills and experience would you need for work?
Step 2. Refugee experiences

Students read the Career pathways of Youl, Aduc Barec, Roderick, Anisa (in groups of 4 each student could read a different experience).

Ask students to make a note of the educational career paths that each person has followed in Australia.

  • Why do you think each of the characters chose those particular careers?
  • What qualities have each of the four characters got in common? (resilience/ determination/ willingness to try new things)
Step 3. DVD Roads to Refuge

Students view the DVD Roads to Refuge » Refugee settlement

  • What career pathways have Riz, Nooria and Zainab chosen to follow in Australia?
  • What contributions are they making to Australian society through their chosen career pathway?
Step 4. Review

Do the experiences of refugees (above) support any of the myths about refugees and asylum seekers? Why/ Why not?