JA Career Speakers | Junior Achievement of Central Virginia




In response to COVID-19, the education landscape has changed. Regardless of if schools are operating in person, online, or some combination of the two, Junior Achievement is dedicated to helping our next generation plan for the future and focus on their dreams by providing students, teachers, and parents with free online resources.

JA Career Speakers is a collection of videos for teachers to share with students in grades 6-12. Teachers have the option to request a live virtual Q&A with any video volunteers who have indicated availability. 

Thank you for sharing your time and experience to help Junior Achievement empower young people to own their future economic success. By creating this video about your career journey, you will help local students in middle and high school learn how different education and career experiences can shape a person's career. Our goal is to show students a variety of industries around Central Virginia as well as meet local professionals. "If you can see it, you can be it!"

This guide offers an outline and topics for you to cover in your video with the students. Share any experiences or stories you think a middle or high school student would enjoy. Have fun with it, and enjoy sharing your career journey!  


  1. Start recording on your device and, before you speak, smile silently at the camera as though posing for a photo. Don't worry, we'll edit this part out! It helps us get a good picture of you for the video and set volume levels.
  2. Begin your video with an introduction. Smile as you speak--you're talking to real students. Include:
    • Your name.
    • Place of employment and one-sentence description of what your company does.
    • Job title and three-sentence description of a day in your life at work. Include another sentence about what you most look forward to in a given day.
    • Three-sentence description of your career journey. Include an insight or something that has happened on your career journey that may surprise the students.
  3. After introducing yourself, please answer 2-5 additional questions. Please keep your video under 10 minutes. Junior Achievement may edit some content to fit time constraints.
  4. End by sharing some wisdom, advice, or inspiring wish for students. Consider what you wish you had known before entering the working world.

Additional Questions:

  • What motivates you to do what you do?
  • What was your first job, and what did you learn then that you still use at work today?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up, how many different jobs have you had, and how did those relate to what you do now?
  • What is one tip for acing an interview?
  • What is something unique to consider if students want to enter your career field?
  • Consider: is there something students would find interesting that you could demonstrate about your job? If you're in your place of work and can give a 30-second tour, that counts too! Help students see what it's like to work in your field. 

Video Tips:

  • Please take a breath, and then restate the question as a sentence when you begin answering the next prompt.
    (Example: "If you're interested in a career in my field, something unique to consider is...")
  • This video is for students in grades 6-12, so try to use terms that students will understand and/or provide basic definitions for jargon. 
  • If you're able to show a demonstration of something from your job, please do so. Students will be more excited about a career if you can show off what makes your job interesting.
  • For those who prefer an interview style over video chat, pair up with a colleague or email us
  • Remember to smile and imagine students in front of you. Consider what might engage a student. The more personal it feels, the more likely students will be able to connect with your story!

Technical Tips:

  • You may record the video using a smartphone, recorded web conference meeting (i.e. Zoom, WebEx, etc.), or any other recording method. You can do it all in one take or submit multiple video files. Either way, it's okay if you mess up - we'll be editing the videos.
  • File types accepted: any stand-alone video format.
  • For the best visual quality, record in a well-lit area and keep light sources (windows, lamps, etc.) and distracting items (moving fans, pets, etc.) out of frame.
  • Try to have a plain background, and wear a solid-colored, professional top.
  • Test your audio before recording, and film your video indoors and in landscape orientation (horizontal).

To Submit:

  1. Click the button below to complete the short form.
  2. At the bottom of the form, click upload, and locate the file on your computer or device.


Disclaimer: By sharing your video, you grant permission to the rights of your image, likeness and sound of your voice as recorded on audio or video without payment or any other consideration. You understand that your image may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein your likeness appears. Additionally, you waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of your image or recording. By submitting your video, you hereby release any and all claims against Junior Achievement USA and Junior Achievement of Central Virginia in utilizing this material.


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