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Veteran Entrepreneur Spotlight: Donald Coolidge

 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

 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...

Teens lack of retirement Knowledge Should Scare You

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Think about a teen that you know. How much do you think he or she knows about retirement? Where have they, if at all, learned about the topic of saving for their future after they retire from their career? These questions were the driving force behind Junior Achievement's (JA) 2018 Teens and Retirement survey.Overview:From August 13th and August 20th of 2018, Junior Achievement USA, American...

Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic Entrepreneurs

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latin-Americans from September 15thto October 15th. Junior Achievement is sharing the stories of Hispanic entrepreneurs who are making an impact in today's business...

Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic Business Leaders

 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...

Soft Skills 101: Communication

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Have you ever stopped to think what messages you?re communicating as you sit in front of your computer or while you?re stuck in traffic? While you may not be conscious of your nonverbal signals, others around you are decoding your messages.Today, hiring managers and recruiters have placed communication skills at the top of their desired employee skills. By rank, these are the top 10 communication...

An Inside Look at JA Program Development

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

From financial literacy and work readiness to entrepreneurship, Junior Achievement (JA) provides countless programs to equip today's youth with skills that will assist in their successes tomorrow. To get a better idea of how we are creating our programming, we pulled in our Senior Vice President of Education & Learning Technologies, Mary Catherine (MC) Desrosiers for an...

The Importance of Career Development

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Reports have stated that youth aged 16-24 are experiencing unemployment rates that are at least twice the national average. Historically, the month of July has always shown a peak of unemployment. The decline of working-teens is not only for summer months but have been found to be present during the school season. During April, reports showed one-third of teens were employed, compared to just over...

Cracking the 5 Toughest Interview Questions

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

Congratulations! All of your hard work has paid off! You've spent hours perfecting your resume, having friends review it, generating a strong cover letter and determining the right outfit to impress your interviewer. Now, finally, you're walking into your potential new workplace. All you have to do is knock the interview out of the park. Are you ready?

To better prepare yourself for the...

Soft Skills 101: Leadership

 By Hannah Henry
Work Readiness

The successful and innovative Steve Jobs once said, "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." But in a world where a ruler, and not a yardstick, is all that youth are exposed to, how is one to develop the skills necessary to expect excellence? Through leadership. According to BusinessDictionary, leadership involves establishing a clear...



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