JA It’s My Future® is recommended for 8th Grade. The program provides 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 Overviews & Objectives
Session One – My Brand
Overview: 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.
- Recognize that the choices they make in middle school can have a direct impact now and in the future.
- Identify corporate and personal brands that represent positive reputations.
- Design a logo as part of expressing a personal brand.
Session Two – Career Clusters
Overview: Students explore career clusters and identify jobs for additional research. They also recognize the value of and need for all jobs.
- Examine career clusters and the jobs in each cluster that they would like to further explore.
- Understand the interconnectivity and value of all types of jobs.
Session Three – High-Growth Careers
Overview: Students learn the four factors to consider in choosing a job, and they take a close look at some high-growth career fields.
- Recognize the four factors to consider in choosing a job.
- Describe industries that are forecasted to have high growth.
Session Four – Career Mapping
Overview: Students explore how to use life experiences to develop work skills and how to map a path to employment goals.
- Identify work skills already developed from experiences and activities.
- Plan significant markers they need to reach to earn a particular job.
Session Five – On the Hunt
Overview: Students are introduced to the basic aspects of job hunting through a scavenger hunt. They are given an organizing tool to keep all their vital job-hunting information in one place.
- Recognize basic job-hunting tools, including applications, resumes, recommendations, and interviewing.
- Analyze where to look for a job.
- Understand the importance of keeping a record of vital information.
Session Six – How to Keep (or Lose) a Job
Overview: 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.
- Differentiate between technical skills and soft skills.
- Describe specific soft skills they already possess and those they need to practice.
- Includes a series of six sessions recommended for middle school students.
- Average time for each session is 45 minutes.
- Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 32 students.
- Provides practical information about the following key topics: developing a personal brand, skills, interests, working environment, job outlook considerations when exploring careers and industries, career mapping, job-hunting tools, and soft skills, work ethics, and professionalism.
- Session-specific, student-friendly materials included to increase student interaction and emphasize JA’s experiential approach to learning.
- Correlates well to state social studies, English, and math standards, as well as to the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts.
JA It’s My Future enhances students’ learning of the following concepts and skills:
Concepts—Brand, Career clusters, Career mapping, Career planning, Employee, High-growth jobs, Interests, Job application, Job forecast, Job hunting, Job interview, Logo, Long-term consequences, Personal brand, Recommendation, Resumes, Short-, middle-, and long-term goals, Skills, Soft skills, Symbolism, Tagline, Technical skills, Working environment
Skills—Analyzing data, Analyzing information, Categorizing data, Creativity, Following written instructions, Goal-setting, Interviewing, Mapping, Model building, Oral and visual presentation, Oral and written communication, Organizing information, Reading for Understanding, Self-assessment, Working in pairs and groups
Courtesy of Junior Achievement of South Dakota: