JA - Business of Life
To help prepare students for the business of life, JA is proud to present this exciting new learning experience for the 2020-21 school year, combining instruction in professional/soft skills, personal finance, and ethics.
With equal time on instruction and practical application led by business community mentors, students in grades 9-12 will learn about:
1. Job Applications and Resumes
2. Interviewing For a Job/ Communicating About Yourself
3. Workplace Communication and Cell Phone Etiquette
4. Excellence Through Ethics
5. Earning, Employment, and Income
8. Credit and Debt
9. Consumer Protection
Applications and Resumes
This session covers job applications and resumes, two written methods for applying for a job. Students examine both documents and begin to think about adapting their experiences, skills, and achievements into the applicable template to present themselves to a potential employer.
Interviewing for a Job and Communicating About Yourself
This session covers communication styles used during the process of job hunting, with an emphasis on interviewing. Students begin by tracking their accomplishments in a “brag sheet.” Next, students can prepare to answer interview questions and/or stage mock interviews. It also covers the basics of professional communication and workplace introductions. Activities are included for students to practice appropriate workplace behavior and language, as well as active listening skills.
Workplace Writing and Cell Phone Etiquette
This session covers the basics of professional writing. Activities give students a chance to practice writing concisely, clearly, and correctly, with appropriate workplace style. This session will also touch on using cell phones to communicate at work.
Excellence Through Ethics
JA Excellence through Ethics is a learning experience where students meet and interact with a local executive or business professional and learn about the importance of ethics in the workplace and in everyday life. Students will give thoughtful consideration and examination of personal beliefs and their relationship to ethics. They will start to develop a personal awareness of values.
Personal Finance - Earning, Employment, and Income
Students learn that healthy personal finances take planning and managing. Students begin to analyze the financial implications of educational and career choices as a basis for understanding the relationship between earnings and personal finance.
Personal Finance - Budgeting
In this session, students investigate the importance of making and keeping a budget and consider the wide range of expenditures that might make up a monthly budget.
Personal Finance - Saving
Students analyze the role that saving plays in their personal finances. They recognize that having a healthy savings plan is necessary in all phases of life, but is especially critical for big-ticket items and emergencies.
Personal Finance - Credit and Debt
In this session, students analyze the importance of credit and the outcomes of wise and poor credit choices. Students will investigate the types of credit and their costs and benefits.
Personal Finance - Consumer Protection
In this session, students investigate factors that may pose a threat to their finances and learn ways they can protect themselves through vigilance and making smart choices.
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