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February 13, 2017

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WEEKLY LEARNING:Highlighting Jr. Achievement Career Fair Expedition

As part of their college and career readiness education, 8th grade scholars have been exploring  their postsecondary options.  Based on the highly researched premise that a close match between personality and career leads to long term success and happiness, students completed an interest inventory survey to help them identify the top three career clusters that most closely align to their personality.  This information was used as a springboard for researching various career pathways, including necessary skills, education and training, average salaries, and potential for growth.  

Using the knowledge derived from their interest inventory, their individual research, and a list of career clusters, students prepared their personalized plan for the Junior Achievement Career Fair.   They first attempted to locate role models working in careers that aligned with their future interests.  They were also encouraged to identify careers that they had never heard of before, but that they were interested in learning more about. At the career fair, students had the opportunity to learn from multiple local professionals in a variety of fields including agriculture, architecture, business, education, finance, health, and government to name just a few! Each student conducted interviews with three different role models, asking questions about responsibilities, job training and education, compensation, and advantages and disadvantages of working in the field. In addition to interviews, students also interacted with three guest speakers:  an FBI agent, a police officer with her K-9 partner, and an employee for the St. Louis Cardinals.  

Junior Achievement is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement's programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.