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The Guide to Buying Your First Car

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Buying your first car is an exciting time. While the new car smell and shiny detailing may steal your heart, it could be the most significant investment that you don't receive a return...

The Journey of the Grind

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

The hardest part of finding your first job? It's not putting together the perfect outfit, mock interviewing, or even perfecting your resume; it's identifying what industry and role you will succeed within AND enjoy going to day-after-day.

Right after college graduation, most young adults dream to have just one job lined up. Through competitive interviews and multiple counter offers, some feel...

Learning Your Way

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

American lawyer Brad Henry once said, "A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." It is through learning that personal development comes into fruition and change begins. Yet, learning doesn't always occur in a classroom or a training center. Opportunities to grow are presented to us daily, but it's understanding the learning style you need that...

Money Concepts Your Student Should Know Before High School

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Did you know: According to the Council for Economic Education, only 17 states require students to take a personal finance course in high school. That means when it comes to learning how to budget, write a check, balance a checkbook, and pick a credit card, most young adults have had no education or experience on these matters... Skeptical of the impact a high school course could make on your teen?...

Countdown to Resolutions for Teens

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

How old were you when you made your first New Year's Resolution? Do you remember what it was? With 2019 nearly upon us, JA wanted to know if teens are making their resolutions for this upcoming year, and if so, what they were. According to a survey of 1,000 U.S. teens, conducted by Junior Achievement USA and ORC International, nearly 9 in 10 teens (88%) are planning on making New Year's...

Taking the Stress out of Holiday Spending

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

The holidays are upon us! This means you'll be spending more time with the ones you love AND more money. From Black Friday to holiday December sales, buying during the season of giving has never been easier or more appealing. Once January comes around your generous giving may turn into gifting regret. To keep your bank account happy during the season of holiday shopping, here are our top tips and...

Prepare the Bank: College is Coming

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Did you know: In 2016, students who were starting their first four years of college paid 28% MORE for college than the undergrads a decade ago did and 65% more than students did 20 years ago? Student loans account for the second highest consumer debt category, which is why it's crucial for high school grads to consider how a student loan will impact them after graduating college. In 2016, the...

Building Financial Wellness in Teens

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

You work out for your physical wellness, you eat right to maintain internal wellness but what are you doing to improve your financial welfare? By definition, financial wellness is the ability and understanding of successfully managing financial expenses. This concept revolves around the sense of feeling financially secure and free in the present day and future. Those who have achieved financial...

Filling the Skilled-Workers Gap

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Is a question that is top-of-mind for many high schoolers "what will I do once I graduate?" For many, it has become the norm to take a loan out to continue one?s education for another four years at a college with the hope of landing a good-paying job. Yet recent data show that employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill a record 6.7 million job openings. These are occupations that...

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

There has always been a debate about whether entrepreneurship was based on nature or nurture. While it depends on your view, here is how JA sees it? Think of the entrepreneurial mindset like "Thunder and Lightning." The internal drive is the thunder, but personal experiences equate to the lightning of the implementation of a business idea. Together they assist to create the perfect business storm....



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