Skip Navigation

JA Reverse Job Show Blended Model

JA Reverse Job Show curriculum cover

This program is administered by JA of Chicago
Middle School
High School
Classroom Based

Pillars of Student Success
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Minimal Financial Literacy
JA Reverse Job Shadow (JA RJS) provides a unique and meaningful experience for students that will help them explore future career aspirations and tie the importance of education and training with real-life experiences from a volunteer's perspective.
The Program is recommended for Middle and High School Students (Grades 6 -12) and has three components, each 45-60 minutes in length, in order to offer the most meaningful career readiness knowledge and skills:

Pre-Event Activities (choose at least 1 activity)

Recognize career clusters and conduct research on specific fields that match their skills and interests.
Utilize online career exploration tools to assess how interests and talents align with specific career options.
Create infographic profile to illustrate personal brand.

JA Reverse Job Shadow Event (required)

Attend Career Presentation(s) and Discussion(s) by JA Volunteer(s) and learn about a variety of fields and businesses.
Reflect on knowledge gained from career presentation and develop personal action plan.

Post-Event Activities (choose at least 1 activity)

Craft and present elevator pitch to promote self to potential employer.
Prepare resume and cover letter using online tools and resources.
Recognize and practice professional interviewing skills.
JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged as part of this program to implement the Student Activities which can be easily downloaded, as well as the optional Career Exploration Online Tools and other Resources at to enhance the skills students need to compete in today's job market.

JA volunteers are provided with support and training prior to their JA RJS Presentation, including tools and resources, presentation templates, example hands-on activities and demonstrations to engage students, and tips and suggestions for the classroom setting. JA staff will work closely with volunteers to ensure that they are well-prepared and trained for the most meaningful student experience on the day of the presentation.

JA Programs correlate to state social students, English, and math standards, and to Common Core State Standards.
Students who participate in the JA RJS experience will have a stronger conviction in what career they would like to pursue. Students will be more knowledge about "high growth careers" in today's global economy. Students will have a better idea of what employers are looking for in an employee. Students will be more inspired to achieve their career choice. Students will have a better understanding of how their education relates to future career aspirations.

Program Concepts

Career assessment, Career clusters, Career planning, Cover letter, Elevator pitch, High-growth jobs, Infographic profile, Interests, Job hunting, Job interview, Job outlook, Personal action plan, Personal brand, Resume, Skills, Soft skills, STEM, Technical Skills, Workplace skills

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyze and apply data
  • Business communication
  • Collaborative discussions
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Decision making
  • Follow written instructions
  • Formulate answers from personal experience
  • Goal-setting
  • Identify behaviors
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Interviewing
  • Oral and written communication
  • Organize information
  • Present information
  • Read a variety of sources for information
  • Research skills
  • Role-play
  • Self-assessment
  • Work collaboratively
  • Working in groups

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.

Main Correlation and Standards Page

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.

Main Correlation and Standards Page

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.

Main Correlation and Standards Page

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.

Main Correlation and Standards Page

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.

Request Information about this Learning Experience

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from Junior Achievement of Chicago. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the unsubscribe link, found at the bottom of every email.

Select a button below to see how you or your organization can get involved with Junior Achievement of Chicago.

Donate Volunteer Request A Program

Any questions? Contact us!

We use cookies to provide you a personalized experience. How we do this is by analyzing user behavior on our site and sharing data with our advertising and analytics partners. You consent to our cookie policy if you continue to use this website.

I understand