JA Career Speakers Series

JA Career Speakers Series curriculum cover
In JA Career Speakers 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, samples of his or her work, or other visuals to help engage students. Activities and implementation design will vary based on grade level. This event is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and can be placed in grades K–12, in-school or after-school/out-of-school.

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:
Financial Literacy:
Work Readiness:
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom Based Grades K-12
Program Concepts Program Skills
Business, Career clusters, Career speaker, Careers, Choices, Community, Earn, Education, Interests, Knowledge, Job, Pay, Skills, Talent, Work activities Active listening, Decision making, Formulating questions, Making observations, Online research, Reasoning, Social skills, Verbal and written communication

Program Sessions

Before the Speaker Event

Students prepare questions for the speaker event and research the visiting career speaker and his or her company. Students will be able to identify skills and interests. The JA Career Speaker Series activities will vary based on grade level.

During the Speaker Event

Students learn about the guest speaker's job experiences and stories, ask questions, and take notes.Volunteer speaker shares his or her job experiences and stories to offer insight and guidance for career education.Students will practice active listening skills.

After the Speaker Event

Students reflect on what they learned during their preparation and the speaker event. Students will recognize career clusters.

(Optional) Post-Event Enhancements

Optional for Middle and High School

Students learn more about career readiness opportunities via JA My Way and JA Build Your Future.

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