JA It's My Future® - Blended Model

JA It's My Future Blended Model provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school. The content has been enhanced to include real-world, interactive online tools.

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

  • Research potential careers, and learn how to plan for and keep a job.

  • Develop the personal-branding and job-hunting skills needed to earn a job.

JA It's My Future is recommended for middle school students. It is composed of six sessions, each 45 minutes in length. The program is delivered online to students through the JA Learning Platform.

JA programs correlate to state social studies, English, and math standards, and to Common Core State Standards.


Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom-Based Middle School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Achievements, Attitude, Brand, Career, Career clusters, Career mapping, Career paths, Communication, Decline, Education level, High-growth careers, Interests, Job application, Job growth, Job hunting, Job interview, Job outlook, Logo, Making a good impression, Maps, Personal brand, Professionalism, Reference, Reputation, Skills, Soft skills, Tagline, Team work, Technical skills, Transferable skills, Work ethic Analyze branding, Analyze charts and graphs, Analyze data from media, Applying cause and effect, Demonstrating cause and effect, Discussion, Evaluating and sorting options, Group discussion, Identifying personal skills, Identifying strengths and weaknesses, Informal presentation, Listening, Logical reasoning, Memory recall and matching, Note taking, Prediction, Read for understanding, Recognize patterns, Recognize vocabulary, Review results, Role-playing, Self-evaluation, Team work, Use art as self-expression

Program Sessions

Session One: My Brand

Students examine well-known businesses to learn about brand and reputation. They complete a personal brand worksheet to define their own brands and then design logos to represent themselves.

Session Two: Career Clusters

Students are introduced to the 16 career clusters. They take a career interest assessment and learn about potential jobs within their preferred cluster. Students then share job information with other classmates and discuss the importance of all jobs within a community.

Session Three: High-Growth Careers

Students learn about declining and high-growth careers and possible reasons for changes in a job's outlook. They are introduced to several high-growth occupations and have the opportunity to research growth careers in their preferred career clusters.

Session Four: Career Mapping

Students learn how early experiences can provide transferable skills that contribute to their future job success. Students look at the lives of well-known celebrities and their paths to success, focusing on their early experiences. They learn about career maps by examining a sample and creating their own.

Session Five: On the Hunt

Students learn about the process of looking, applying, and interviewing for a job. They read about the process and then play a game in which they must identify two truths and a myth about each topic.

Session Six: Soft Skills

Students learn about the differences between technical and soft skills and why both are essential to keep a job. They complete a soft skills self-evaluation to determine which skills they already have and which they can work toward. Finally, they role-play situations that require having strong soft skills.