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The Journey of the Grind
Blog from JA USA

 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
Blog from JA USA

 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
Blog from JA USA

 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
Blog from JA USA

 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
Blog from JA USA

 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...

Filling the Skilled-Workers Gap
Blog from JA USA

 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...

Veteran Entrepreneur Spotlight: Donald Coolidge
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 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

How does a veteran's military skills, training, and knowledge translate to a business startup? One word: "Vetrepreneurship." In America, U.S. businesses that are majority-owned by veterans make up 9.1% of the business landscape. That's over 2.5 million businesses in our nation that are owned by those who have served in the military. To celebrate Veteran's Day, JA wanted to shine a spotlight on a...

Why Businesses Fail: Part II
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Today, research shows that 29% of businesses fail because they run out of money and 17% fail because they lack a business model or plan. In order to thrive as an entrepreneur, it is crucial that business leaders create a cohesive plan that addresses possible risks, road-blocks, and competition within their industry. After identifying a market and the details within the industry, it's time to start...

Why Businesses Fail: Part 1
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry
Corporate Responsibility

When it comes to business, what you don’t know will cause failure.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 20% of businesses fail within the first year. 30% fail within the second year, half, 50%, will fail within the fifth-year, and almost three-fourths, 70%, fail within the tenth year. While there are a million views as to why businesses fail, it comes down to one...

Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic Business Leaders
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 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latin-American from September 15th to October 15th. The celebration started as just a week in 1968 by President Johnson and was later expanded into a month by President Reagan in 1988. During this time of celebration, we, Junior Achievement, want to take a moment to recognize some of the most...



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