JA ambassadors inspire other young people with their own story
Each year, we train a group of JA Ambassadors who go and tell their own Company programme story at schools and events.
Finding your own strengths is the key to a meaningful career – whether you want to become an entrepreneur or be employed. The JA ambassadors know this and inspire all young people to boldly pursue their dreams.
I have learned to overcome my performance anxiety and tell my own story in different ways, depending on the audience. I have always been nervous about performing in front of others, but it comes more naturally to me now.
The best thing about my experiences as an ambassador have been the interactions with others.
The year with Junior Achievement helped me determine the direction for my life. I realized that I was a true performer, helper of people and a designer of future. I learned how to sell things and accept feedback and how to network with others.
We are entrepreneurs because our passion is doing impressive things. Before setting up a JA company, we didn’t really have any skills, but practice and customer projects taught us a lot and allowed us to continuously develop our ideas for our real company.
Being a true entrepreneur is really fun, as you get to follow your own rules. We understood that failures are the best teachers for entrepreneurs, as they give you direct feedback in the clearest possible format. We have had our ups and downs and encountered some challenging customers, but we have survived them all.
I set up my JA company in 2019 and made it all the way up to the national final in Helsinki. In addition to entrepreneurship, I am interested in finance, investment, leadership and daily development, both in my daily life and in working life.
In can say based on my experience that becoming an entrepreneur takes both passion and knowledge. I have been able to climb over the threshold and I am happy to encourage others to start on the path to entrepreneurship; it will allow you to test your limits and learn new important skills for your life.
The most important thing I learned during my JA year was performing in front of an audience and the jury. This skill is a key aspect in my future plans.
Application period for JA ambassador is during the spring
You can apply to become a JA ambassador once you have completed the Company programme. The ambassador season runs for an academic year and begins in August. A fun kick-off weekend will be held at the beginning of the season, during which we will get to know other ambassadors and refine our own story into a good performance.
After the training, the JA ambassadors are ready to put on a team hoodie and start the tour.
You can request a JA ambassador to visit your school here.
Current ambassadors for English-speaking audience
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