JA It’s My Future provides students with practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school.
Following participation in the program, students will be able to:
- Explore potential careers, discover how to plan for a job, and learn how to keep it.
- Develop personal-branding and job-hunting tools for earning a job.
Session One: My Brand
Through interviews, self-reflection, and creation of a personal logo, students explore the importance of building a positive personal brand for the future, starting in middle school.
Session Two: Career Clusters
Students explore career clusters and identify jobs for additional research. They also recognize the value of and need for all types of jobs.
Session Three: High-Growth Careers
Students learn the four factors to consider in choosing a job, and they take a close look at some high-growth career fields.
Session Four: Career Mapping
Students explore how to use life experiences to develop work skills and how to map a path to employment goals.
Session Five: On the Hunt
Students are introduced to the basic aspects of job hunting through a scavenger hunt. Students are taught to keep all their vital job-hunting information in one place.
Session Six: How to Keep (or Lose) a Job
Students learn the difference between technical and soft skills, and they recognize the impact that their personal behavior has on their ability to succeed in a job.