JA It's My Future

JA It's My Future

JA It's My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school. Six volunteer-led sessions required. 


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. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Students explore career clusters and identify jobs for additional research. They also recognize the value of and need for all jobs. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • 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 Career Clusters

Students learn the four factors to consider in choosing a job, and they take a close look at some high-growth career fields. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the four factors to consider in choosing a job
  • Describe industries that are forecasted to have high-growth

Session Four: Career Mapping

Students explore how to use life experiences to develop work skills and how to map a path to employment goals. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the four factors to consider in choosing a job
  • Describe industries that are forecasted to have high-growth

Session Five: On the Hunt

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. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • 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

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.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between technical skills and soft skills
  • Describe specific soft skills they already possess and those they need to practice

JA It's My Future enhances students learning of the following concepts and skills:

  • ConceptsBrand, 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
  • SkillsAnalyzing 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

JA It's My Future is a series of six sessions recommended for after-school students in grades six, seven and eight. The average time for each activity is 60 minutes. Extended learning opportunities were developed to enhance and extend core activities. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed activity plans for the volunteer and materials for 24 students.

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. JA programs also augment school-based, work-based and connecting activities for communities with school-to-work initiatives.

For more information about this program read the Program Summary.