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JA Career Success®

JA Career Success curriculum cover

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

Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

For those states that follow common core standards, Junior Achievement’s curricula have been reviewed for alignment with these standards! Learn more by selecting the appropriate grade level below.

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National Standards

While educational standards are determined primarily at the state level, many national standards serve as guidelines for the development of these state standards. See how Junior Achievement curricula align with the national standards listed below.

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State Standards

Junior Achievement curricula are created to align with state standards. To see how our programs align with your state’s standards, explore the options below.

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Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

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Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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