JA Career Exploration Fair®

JA Career Exploration Fair curriculum cover

Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Implementation:
Classroom Based
After School
Virtual

Pillars of Student Success
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Minimal Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
JA Career Exploration Fair is an event where students learn about a range of career options across multiple career clusters. Volunteers share information about their businesses and/or jobs, and students ask questions as the speakers or students rotate from station to station.
Student objectives vary based on grade level.

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

-- Observe career speakers and the tools they use.
-- Identify the variety of careers people have in the community.
-- Express how jobs require specific interests and skills.
-- Relate the impact of personal interests and abilities on career choices.
-- Investigate a variety of careers and their associated skills.
-- Understand education preparation, training, and personal qualities needed for a variety of careers.
-- Examine how school skills apply to career paths.
-- Explain the importance of staying in school and graduating high school.

JA Career Exploration Fair is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and can be placed in grades K–12. The program is available in classroom-based, remote synchronous, and after-school implementation. Activities and implementation design vary based on grade level.

JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged, as part of this program, to utilize the resources available in JA Connect™ Learning Pathways, located at connect.ja.org. This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Digital Career Book, games and apps for student use.

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

Program Concepts

Abilities, business, careers, choices, community, earn, goals, goods, guest speakers, interests, job, pay, resume, services, skills, talent, work values

Skills Students Learn

  • Decision making
  • Formulating questions
  • Listening responsively
  • Making observations
  • Note taking
  • Reasoning
  • Social skills
  • Verbal communication

Virtual Implementation

Remote live implementation is available for JA Career Exploration Fair.

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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