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JA Career Success®

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High School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Moderate Entrepreneurship
JA Career Success is an engaging and comprehensive learning experience that introduces high school students to the workplace. As interns, students participate in realistic work experiences in multiple departments of a fictional company, Orbit Boom. The learning experience teaches soft skills and business best practices in the context of scenarios and assignments.

Following participation in the learning experience, students will be able to:

-- Establish SMART performance goals that align with the company’s key success factors.
-- Demonstrate self-direction by identifying credible sources, conducting research, and summarizing recommendations
-- Organize work priorities based on importance and urgency.
-- Express empathy and use active listening in a conflict resolution situation.
-- Invent creative and reasonable solutions using collaborative brainstorming techniques.

JA Career Success is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and is recommended for high school students (grades 9–12). This volunteer- and educator-led learning experience can be implemented as a classroom-based, remote live, or after-school program. It consists of seven 45-minute sessions, with ten optional career development, self-guided activities and an optional advanced independent project. Basic implementation includes Sessions One–Seven delivered by the volunteer or educator, with a minimum of 3 volunteer-led hours. Implementation depends on educator requirements and correlations to local standards.

JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged, as part of this learning experience, to use the resources available in JA Connect® Learning Pathways, located at This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Here to Career™, and games and apps for student use.

JA Learning Experiences 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.

Virtual Implementation

Remote live implementation is available for JA Career Success


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Junior Achievement gratefully acknowledges the ManpowerGroup for their dedication to the JA Career Success redevelopment.

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