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JA Career Speakers Series®

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Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Minimal Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
In JA Career Speaker Series, a volunteer guest speaker visits the classroom and shares information about his or her career, work, and education experience. The speaker may bring props, work samples, or other visuals to help engage students.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

-- Identify skills and interests.
-- Recognize career clusters.
-- Practice active listening skills.

JA Career Speaker Series is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and can be placed in grades K–12. The program is available in classroom based, remote synchronous, recorded video, or after-school/out-of-school Implementation. Activities and implementation design vary based on grade level.

JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged, as part of this program, to utilize the resources available in JA Connect™ Learning Pathways, located at This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Digital Career Book, games and apps for student use.

JA programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, and work and career readiness. See below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Junior Achievement USA gratefully acknowledges Citi Foundation for its dedication to the development and implementation of JA Career Speaker Series.

Program Concepts

Business, career clusters, career speaker, careers, choices, community, earn, education, interests, knowledge, job, pay, skills, talent, work activities

Skills Students Learn

  • Active listening
  • Decision making
  • Formulating questions
  • Making observations
  • Online research
  • Reasoning
  • Social skills
  • Verbal and written communication

Virtual Implementation

Remote live and recorded video implementation options are available for JA Career Speaker Series.

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