Teacher Guidance

1. Introducing the activity

What is 101 Jobs That Change The World?

Read the text below to your students to brief them about the activity.
It may help to display the website at the same time.

101 Jobs That Change The World is an activity where you connect online with people who work in research and innovation. The activity has two sections: Ask and Chat.

Chat — As a class, we will have a 40 minute live Chat with some of the people taking part. It’s all text-based (no video or audio), and you can ask them any questions you like. You can see who has signed up for our chat on your dashboard. Each chat has a moderator, who makes sure the chat is running smoothly.

Ask — You can ask a question to any of the people taking part. You can ask whatever you like, even if they weren’t in our chat. Send your questions any time and, if you add an email address to your account, you’ll get an email when you’ve been answered. Questions and answers stay on the site so have a look around and see what others have asked. You can log in outside of school to send more questions.

It’s a competition for students too! At the end of the activity one student will win a gift voucher for asking great questions.

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1.1 More ways to run 101 Jobs

We understand that some schools may face issues in taking part in 101 Jobs in the “usual” way.

101 Jobs is flexible. You don’t need any special software to take part, just a computer or tablet and an internet connection.

The activity can be run in a variety of ways, including from home. More ways of taking part in 101 Jobs

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2. How to book a live Chat

Live Chats are consistently the most popular part of the activity. Follow the instructions below to book one for your class.

2.1 Your dashboard

Log in to 101 Jobs to access your dashboard.
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2.2 Create a class

Before you can book a live Chat, you must create a class.

Click CREATE CLASS from your dashboard.

You can see a list of all the classes you have created on the CREATE CLASS page.

2.3 Book your live Chat

Request a live Chat by filling in the Chat booking form on your dashboard, or by emailing us at teachers@imascientist.org.uk.

We will book your live Chat in for you. You should receive a confirmation email within one working day. Please contact us if you don’t receive it.

2.4 Give access to students

Before your Chat, you must give access to your students.

From your dashboard, click CREATE CLASS to see the list of classes you’ve created.

You can either:

  • Give students the unique registration URL (web address) for their class. Students will be asked to register using an email address, and create a username.


  • Print and handout the login cards for your class. This is a list of automatically generated usernames and passwords, giving students immediate access. No email address is required, but students can provide one if they wish.

Students must have a username otherwise they will not be able to access your booked Chat. More information on student data and privacy ❯


2.5 Pre-Chat checklist

Before your live Chat, you will need to:

  • Book IT suite/provide internet access for students
  • Ask your IT department to add the web pages on this page to your school network whitelist
  • Test the Chat. Go to the staffroom, between 9am and 5pm any day during the activity.

2.6 Taking part in a live Chat

When it’s time for your Chat:

  • Log in to 101 Jobs
  • Click the ‘Chat’ button on the top of the page
  • A moderator will have set the chat up for you
  • Only students in your class can access your booked Chat
  • If you have any issues call us ASAP on (+44) 01225 326 892

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3. Suggested lesson plans

There are many ways to use 101 Jobs. We’ve put together two suggested lesson plans.

We developed them in consultation with teachers and they have been extensively tested. Most teachers find them extremely helpful.

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4. Tips for first timers

We asked teachers what tips they would give to other teachers taking part for the first time.

Here are the most common answers:

  1. Spend more time preparing students
    Run lessons 1 and 2 before the live Chat lesson to prepare students.
    “We have just had our live Chat. It was the best yet I think, because we had spent much more time on preliminary activities so we had loads of questions to ask.”
  1. Involve more students
  1. Encourage students to be creative with their questions
    There are better ways to use the activity than asking questions that you can ask Google.
    It’s better for students to investigate the interests and work of each person signed up for their chat, so they can ask appropriate and useful questions.

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5. Supporting the Gatsby Good Careers Guidance Benchmarks

Taking part in 101 Jobs can help support a school’s career programme.

The activity supports 6 of the Gatsby Good Careers Guidance Benchmarks. Find out more ❯

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6. Extension activities

  • Go through your live Chat transcript with your class (your transcript will be emailed to you after your Chat)
  • Review the questions asked by your students

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