Students Explore Career Paths at JA Inspire

Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio will be holding the JA Inspire event from 9am-2pm at the Glass City Center,  401 Jefferson Ave, Toledo. This event is presented by Mercy Health and Mercy College of Ohio. 

Eighth through twelfth graders are encouraged to attend the event to learn more about what opportunities are available for them after high school.

Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio Events and Marketing Manager Julia Simon said, “The way that this event is different from a typical career fair is that the companies come with hands on activities for the students to engage with. What we have noticed, especially just with attention spans, regular career fairs are typically just pamphlets and flyers, but with this, the activities spark a conversation with the companies that allow the students to ask questions about career paths.”

At JA, they aim to guide students through what their next steps are in their career path of choice, whether that leads to college or not.

“Really, the purpose of the event is to just help students figure out what their next step is,” Smin said.

The event is broken up into eight different career clusters so students have the opportunity to explore several different industries.

This is the third year for the JA Inspire event. Each year, Simon said the companies like to do something different for the students to engage with.

Both students who know what career they want to go into and students who have no idea are encouraged to attend this event.

“If they think they know what they’re doing, I would still encourage them to attend because they can make great connections for the future. But also they can see opportunities that they might not have known existed,” Simon said. “For the students that have no idea what they want to do, there’s going to be a lot of opportunities for them to see what options we have available to them.

This event is free to participants. Find more information at

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