Notre Dame Junior Academy students participate in a two-year Junior Achievement program as part of their curriculum. Mrs. Anastasia Desmond, NDA Career Counselor, teaches this interactive course that includes role playing, teamwork activities, and discussions. Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 as an after school program and in 1975, the program was implemented into the classroom during the school day.

“The Junior Achievement: It’s Your Future Program helps students connect their academic goals to their career goals,” Mrs. Desmond explained. “Through the program students learn and explore not only career options and pathways, but how they want to personally brand themselves for the future.

Is it to early for a seventh grader to begin career planning? Mrs. Desmond advises a confident, “No.” “This is a great opportunity for our students to get to know themselves and explore future career choices primarily by learning about career clusters, in demand occupations, taking strength surveys, and familiarizing themselves with terminology such as hard and soft skills. Identifying and choosing a specific career is not the focus at this juncture.”

The program is a great opportunity for our students to learn about themselves,  explore career genres and develop as unique and individual people -spiritually, personally and academically. By focusing on students’ holistic development and raising awareness of choices that student’s make today will likely impact their endeavors of tomorrow.