JA It's My Job (Soft Skills)®

JA It's My Job curriculum cover

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 It's My Job (Soft Skills) helps students understand the value of professional communication and soft skills, making them more employable to future employers across multiple career clusters. Lessons focus on social and soft skill competencies that relate real-life experiences to job skills and prepare students for their future careers. Topics include communication and presentation skills, manners, listening skills, and cell phone etiquette.

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

-- Understand the value of professional communication and soft skills.
-- Relate real-life experiences to job skills.
-- Prepare for future careers.

JA It's My Job (Soft Skills) is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and is recommended for students in high school but may be adapted for middle school. This volunteer-led program can be implemented as a classroom-based, remote synchronous, or after-school program. It includes six 45-minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout. Minimum delivery is three sessions; the number and topic of modules can be determined based on student needs and available time.

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

Cell phone behavior and function in the workplace, character development, career preparation, employer expectations, ethics, job application, job interview, positive attitude, professionalism, making a good impression, manners, relationships with others, resume, self-motivation, soft, interpersonal, or transferable skills, workplace behavior and productivity, workplace communication

Skills Students Learn

  • Active listening
  • Analyzing and applying information
  • Collaboration
  • Critical observation
  • Decision-making
  • Demonstrating soft skills in a mock interview
  • Evaluating alternatives
  • Examine forms
  • Oral and written communication
  • Presenting information
  • Role-playing
  • Self-evaluation
  • Working in teams
  • Weighing consequences of personal behavior

Virtual Implementation

Remote live implementation is available for JA It's My Job.


Sponsors

    Junior Achievement gratefully acknowledges Citi Foundation for their dedication to JA work readiness programming.

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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