You learn the most when you’re thrown into the deep-end
The JA Company Programme has had a great influence on me as a person. At first, I thought it was a stupid plan, I did not feel like doing the programme. Together with my fellow students we were just beginning our studies and had no idea what we’re starting. However, as the programme progressed, I became more and more interested in our own company and product! I even continued working on the company outside of school. At the end of the year, the teacher asked me what I had learned from the programme. I think I learned a lot about entrepreneurship and myself because we were thrown into the deep-end.
JA Company Programme: supporting personal development & vocational orientation for young people
I had the pleasure to work with JUNIOR (JA Germany) for the past 2 years and I must say it has been a great experience! In Germany, Barclaycard and JUNIOR established a strong partnership. In the past 2 years, we are proud to have engaged over 2,100 students in the JUNIOR company program all over Germany.
Brightening our future through mentorship of today’s youth
As part of Citi’s citizenship strategy and commitment to giving back to communities, the company has always encouraged its employees to volunteer their time and knowledge in support of different programs that aim to improve lives and enable progress. I have been involved in Junior Achievement’s projects during the past decade, and this has been one of my most treasured contributions to the society, always carrying a sense of personal fulfilment. Engaging with the enthusiastic younger generation has always been a stimulating experience, motivating me to further support Junior Achievement’s valuable programmes.
Transforming dreams and ideas into innovative products
As a tenth-grade student of the MustafaSaffet Anatolian high school in Turkey, I was excited to learn about the JA Company Programme. Having never really considered myself as entrepreneurial, I wanted to change that. I wanted to become an entrepreneur.
Sharing expertise, changing lives
As a current business volunteer, my experience has been great, especially because the students are so engaged and excited about the JA Company Programme. The small and close-knit group of students I mentor ask very well-thought-out and tough questions, which always keeps things interested. Two members of the student team have taken a lead on the project, however, I make sure we involve everyone when working together.