Careers Resources for Schools

Explore transferable work skills and future career paths with our resources for primary and secondary school pupils.

The careers covered in our resources below include those in the museum, as well as across wider industries reflected in our collections, such as STEM, art and design, and natural sciences.  

For teachers

Our careers resources are designed for use in both classroom and home settings and provide learners with a range of opportunities to increase their awareness of future choices, and also raise their expectations and aspirations (A Curriculum for Excellence). 

They include films, workbooks, trails and activities for pupils working in upper primary (Second Level), Third and Fourth Levels and the Senior Phase of Secondary education. 

The resources also aim to contribute towards your pupils’ ‘I can’ statements in the Careers Education Standard (Developing Young Workforce Scotland), e.g. I can discuss the relevance of skills to the wider world and make connections between skills and the world of work.  

We’ll continue to update this page with additional resources as they are developed. 

If you would like to offer feedback on these resources, please get in touch via schools@nms.ac.uk

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My Job at the Museum - Enabler

Watch the video below to find out about the key work skills required for the job of a museum Enabler.

Glossary of terms

These words occur during the Enabler film and may assist pupils in understanding the content:

 

Archaeology: The scientific study of material remains (such as tools, pottery, jewellery, stone walls and monuments) of human life and activities in the past. 

 

Creative: Having or showing imagination. Having new, original ideas. 

 

Dementia: A serious illness of the brain, that results in the loss of thinking, remembering and reasoning skills. 

 

Dynamic: Full of energy or new and exciting ideas. 

 

Geology: A science that investigates the history of the Earth and its life, especially as recorded in rocks. 

 

Sociable: A person or a group of people who are friendly, welcoming and ready for activities. 

 

Zoology: The scientific study of animals.

Using this film with your class

Enablers are part of the team who help people learn more about the museum’s collections by delivering workshops, events and activities. This job is all about People and Communication. Would your pupils like to do a job like this?

Many face-to-face aspects of the Enabler job role have changed during the coronavirus pandemic. Reflect on what aspects of the role have needed to change and why.

Curriculum Levels & Links 

  • Second, Third, Fourth and Senior Levels (Upper Primary and Secondary Pupils) 
  • Health & Wellbeing, Planning for choices and changes 

HWB 2-20a/HWB 3-20a/HWB 4-20a: I am investigating different careers/occupations, ways of working, and learning and training paths. I am gaining experience that helps me recognise the relevance of my learning, skills and interests to my future life. 

See below for follow up activities aimed at Primary and Secondary pupils.

Follow up activities

My Job at the Museum: Enabler (Primary)

What is it?

A powerpoint resource full of follow-on activity ideas for pupils in Upper Primary which is suitable for use in the classroom or at home.

Curriculum links

HWB 2-20a: I am investigating different careers/occupations, ways of working, and learning and training paths. I am gaining experience that helps me recognise the relevance of my learning, skills and interests to my future life.

Curriculum level

Second Level (Upper Primary)

Download the file (.pptx)
My Job at the Museum: Enabler (Secondary)

What is it?

A powerpoint resource full of follow-on activity ideas for Secondary pupils which is suitable for use in the classroom or at home.

Curriculum links

HWB 3-20a/HWB 4-20a: I am investigating different careers/occupations, ways of working, and learning and training paths. I am gaining experience that helps me recognise the relevance of my learning, skills and interests to my future life.

Curriculum levels

Third, Fourth and Senior Levels (Secondary Pupils)

Download the file (.pptx)

Other activities

Create your own exhibition workbook

What is it?

A downloadable workbook which inspires your pupils to create their own exhibition at home, virtually, or in the classroom. Pupils can explore displays in their local museum, or use Google Street View to explore the National Museum of Scotland. 

Curriculum links

  • HWB 2-19a: Opportunities to carry out different activities and roles in a variety of settings have enabled me to identify my achievements, skills and areas for development. This will help me to prepare for the next stage in my life and learning. 
  • HWB 3-19a: I am developing the skills and attributes which I will need for learning, life and work. I am gaining understanding of the relevance of my current learning to future opportunities. This is helping me to make informed choices about my life and learning. 

Curriculum levels

Second, Third and Fourth Levels (Upper Primary to early Secondary) 

Complete the pdf online (opens in new tab)
The Life Challenge Careers Trail

What is it?

A downloadable worksheet. 

Due to our current gallery restrictions, the second stop on this trail (the Glowing Pig touch screen) is temporarily unavailable.

 

What does it involve?

The opportunity to explore different career paths through our galleries at the National Museum of Scotland (or virtually, by using Google Street View). Find out about exciting discoveries in science and technology and how they have helped improve people’s lives. Learn some interesting job facts and find out where to go for more information.

Curriculum level

Second Level (Upper Primary)

Download the trail (.pdf)
Art & Design Careers Trail

What is it?

A downloadable worksheet.

What does it involve?

The opportunity to explore different career paths through our galleries at the National Museum of Scotland (or virtually, by using Google Street View). Discover some of the key objects in our Art, Design and Fashion collections. Think about their materials, form and the social and cultural context in which they were designed, made and used. Sketch out your own ideas and solutions to our design challenges.

Curriculum level

National 5 or Higher Art & Design students (Secondary Pupils)

Download the trail (.pdf)
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