The Alaska JA Inspire Career Exploration program is free. Students are encouraged to participate through their home school if possible. However, you are welcome to register for your student(s) to participate.
Once you register your family, Junior Achievement will send you the Instructor Guide, which includes links to the Student Guides, instructions on logging into the Virtual Event and everything else you need to help your student(s) experience the JA Inspire Career Exploration program.
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What is JA Inspire Virtual?
The JA Inspire Virtual program is a coalition of educators and industry leaders, led by Junior Achievement of Alaska, working to provide Alaska's middle and high school students with guiding experiences as they considering their careers - especially the high-wage/high-demand careers in Alaska.
As your student starts to explore high school and higher education options, the JA Inspire program will help showcase the opportunities that are waiting for them when they complete their education. This program is designed to help your student create a pathway for success.
The program consists of a Student Guide with four 30-minute, self-guided career awareness sessions that have been specifically designed to raise student awareness and excitement about the high paying careers here in Alaska. These sessions include a personality quiz that will inform them of jobs and the industries that match their test results, developing a work resume and more.
Your student will participate in the JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair, where he/she will interact with regional and statewide employers, which include representatives from Alaska's high wage/high/growth employers, skilled trades, colleges and universities, and many others.
Students will interview and ask questions of the Employers, participate in webinars and for those students of working age, apply to seasonal and permanent jobs.
Here are some tools that are available to help you with your students’ educational and career planning:
Truity Career Profiler - This site has been developed especially for participants in the Junior Achievement career preparation programs. Here, you can take a fun and informative career assessment that matches you with your top interest areas, while filtering out careers in areas that you have little or no interest in. The assessment takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
Career Cluster/Industry Research - The O*NET Program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. It has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development, HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
Alaska 529 - Alaska 529 is an education savings plan designed to make it easy for parents and loved ones to save for an education. Open an Alaska 529 Education Savings Plan For As Little As $25 Per Month. $25 Minimum To Enroll. Easy Investment Options. No Annual Account Fee. Tax-Deferred Earnings.
JA USA Program Supplements - A USA program supplements are available to JA areas, teachers, volunteers, and parents for use with all JA programming in order to extend and enhance the JA experience for students. These supplements provide students with additional information, learning opportunities, and experiences that support their understanding of JA's curriculum.