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JA Career Success®

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High School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Moderate Entrepreneurship
Financial Literacy Minimal Financial Literacy
JA Career Success equips students with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries. This program covers key topics such as: 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, strong soft skills, work priorities, STEM and other high-growth industries, personal-brand and job-hunting tools—resumes, cover letters, interviews, and digital profiles.

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

-- Apply 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
-- Demonstrate strong soft skills.
-- Rank work priorities.
-- Recognize STEM and other high-growth industries.
-- Identify personal-brand and job-hunting tools—resumes, cover letters, interviews, and digital profiles.

JA Career Success is part of the Work and Career Readiness Pathway and is recommended for students in high school.

The program is volunteer-led and kit-based, and can be implemented as a Classroom Based, or JA AfterSchool Program. It includes seven 45-minute sessions with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout.

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 Work and Career Readiness interactives, a digital career book, and games and apps for student use. This resource will enhance and extend JA Career Success to help students develop the skills needed to compete in today's job market.

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

Program Concepts

Career clusters, Career planning, Career preparation, Collaboration, Communication, Conflict management, Critical thinking, Education and training, Employer expectations, High-growth jobs, High performance teams, Interests, Inventory and ordering, Job interviews, Job outlook, Job retention, Post-secondary options, Problem-solving techniques, Retail stocking, Skills, Soft skills, STEM, Technical skills, The 4Cs, Working priorities, Workplace skills

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyze data
  • collaborative discussions
  • conflict resolution
  • communication
  • competition
  • creativity and innovation
  • critical thinking
  • decision making
  • following written instructions
  • formulating answers from personal experiences
  • goal-setting
  • identify behaviors
  • interpersonal skills
  • organizing information
  • prioritizing
  • problem solving
  • research skills
  • role-playing
  • self-assessment
  • time management
  • work collaboratively
  • working in groups

Virtual Implementation

Remote live implementation is available for JA Career Success

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