Junior Achievement is excited to offer a career awareness initiative that allows 8th grade students the opportunity to learn more about careers/industries in Rhode Island that are recognized as being high-wage/high-demand* (see list below). 


JA Inspire consists of four in-class lessons - three prior to the Career Exploration Fair and one reflection activity after the fair.

Session 1 - Careers and Personality


Students are introduced to the JA Inspire program and take an assessment to discover what jobs may suit their personality.

Session 2 - Industry Research, Research, Research

Students are introduced to the top 20 industries in the country, highlighting those that are high-wage/high-demand in Rhode Island. Using their personality assessment from session 1, they research careers that match their personality.

Session 3 - Do You Have the Skills

Students become familiar with the skills and education requirements needed to obtain a career, with a focus on soft skills.

Session 4 - JA Inspire Career Fair

The career fair will feature a showcase of careers at local businesses, non-profits, government agencies and educational organizations. Exhibits will include interactive career stations with mentors who will share their career advice with students and will engage them with equipment, technology and the opportunity to “step into the shoes” of employees from all industries.

Session 5 - Reflection

Students reflect on the JA Inspire Career Fair and activities throughout the program.


*2018 - 2019 Focus Industries

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction
Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communication
Business Management and Administration
Commercial Fishing

Education and Training
Finance and Insurance
Government and Public Administration
Green Energy
Healthcare and Health Science
Hospitality and Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Marine Trades and Composites

Marketing and Sales
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Industries in italics are recognized as Rhode Island high-wage/high-demand industries as recognized by the Governor's Workforce Board and RealJobsRI.