Virtual Career Expo

Help build our future workforce

2021 Featured Speakers

Sponsored by Santander Bank

Santander Bank

Find Your Career Path

Career in Project Management

Tech Careers Support Desk

Groove Made Design Goods

Developing a Career Plan

Why Career Planning is Important

Tech Careers Information Security

Careers in Hospitality

Shwood Fashion Eyewear

A-Dec Dental Products

Code It: Programming

Cozy.co Tech Startup

Certified Public Accountants (CPA)


JA Virtual Career Expo is an event where students learn about a range of career options across multiple career clusters. Volunteers share information about their businesses and/or jobs and apply what they learn to their own career planning.


Student objectives will vary based on grade level. Generally, students will:

  • Observe career speakers.
  • Identify the variety of careers people have in the community.
  • Express how jobs require specific interests and skills.
  • Relate the impact of personal interests and abilities on career choices.
  • Investigate a variety of careers and the skills, education preparation, training, and personal qualities needed for those careers.
  • Examine how school skills apply to career paths.
  • Explain the importance of staying in school and graduating from high school.
For businesses, higher education, and apprenticeship programs, this is an opportunity to participate in building Western Massachusetts’ future workforce.

JA virtual career expo Curriculum

JA Virtual Career Expo consists of four in-class lessons—three prior to the Career Exploration Fair and one reflection activity afterward.

Session 1: Careers and Personality

Students are introduced to the JA INSPIRE program and take an assessment to discover what jobs may suit their personality.

Session 2: Industry Research

Students learn about the top 20 industries in the country, highlighting those that are high-wage/high-demand in Western Massachusetts. Using their personality assessment from Session 1, they research careers that match their personalities.

Session 3: Do You Have the Skills?

Students become familiar with the skills and education requirements needed to obtain a career, with a focus on soft skills.

JA virtual Career Expo

The career fair showcases opportunities at local businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and educational organizations. Exhibits include interactive career stations with mentors who share their career advice with students and engage them with equipment, technology and the opportunity to “step into the shoes” of employees from all industries.

Exhibitors include colleges, universities, trade schools, apprenticeship programs, companies, local law enforcement and public safety organizations from throughout Western Massachusetts.

Session 4: Reflection

Students reflect on the JA INSPIRE Career Exploration Fair and activities throughout the program.

Get Involved

To reserve a career station for your organization or learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Amie Miarecki at 413-747-7670 or [email protected].

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