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    • Mind the Gaps – Professional Skill Development During Times of Illness
    • Who Am I? What Do I know? • 1980 BA in Soc-Anthropology/Clinical Psychology from Western Illinois University (after 14 majors/minors) • 1977-2001 Volunteered in various communities with low income and unemployed individuals to help find employment and develop job skills (Worked about 42 different jobs.) • 2002 Pfizer downsized office and I began caring for family with significant long & short term illnesses • 2005 Graduated from SNL with MA while caring for family • 2005-2008 Focused on skill development planning to help friends and others with illnesses – got others jobs. • 2008- Present Part-time Job Coach / Developer for UCP in Chicago
    • Understanding the Gaps A Job is…. A Career is…. • Doing • Become • Now • Over Time • Performance based • Recognized Expertise • Growing skills or learn • Teaching skills or elements elements of work to others • Titles may differ, work • Clear identity of skill field or remains the same industry • Jobs are added or lost • Careers change, but never are lost
    • Sage Insights • Make sure the reality of your expertise lives up to perceptions of those around you – if not, identify areas for improvement and fix NOW, not later. – Reality shows prove that many of us think we have talents that make us stars or winners. – Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Who is the best worker? Syndrome -Performance reviews and co-worker comments are not best places to see reality for career choices. – Remember : Jobs are the things we DO. Careers are what we BECOME. Gaps can become the garden bridge between them.
    • Personal Mission Statement • Simple one sentence • Guides both personal statement and professional life • Easily understood by • Clearly defines passion 4th grader and life goal • Able to memorize and • Simply is a life compass repeat any time / – States boldly “This is anywhere / under any what I am about.” life stress
    • Mind Mapping What is mind mapping? • According to Wikipedia: A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. • Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing. • A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added.
    • How to use a SWOT ANALYSIS with a MIND MAP SWOT ANALYSIS A SWOT analysis is a popular project STRENGTH WEAKNESS management tool used in business planning to determine a snapshot of where a project or team is, what it faces , and see gaps or connections not yet made. In working with planning gaps, this method allows a quick, compact view of situations or sudden detours that might otherwise cause gaps in skill development. OPPORTUNITIES THREATS I call it the opportunity maker, as you can see problems and brainstorm around them.
    • Starting Point Family Job (s) Family Education / Volunteer Volunteer Professional Training
    • How to Map the Gaps Drawing a mind map: • Start in the center of a blank page and draw or write central theme – This is the Career focus. The “Illness” is under career. • Place sub-heading in each corner - These are areas of life such as hobbies, education, family, etc. • Connect sub-headings/areas of life with branches/ arrows to central theme if a relationship to career or skill development opportunity can be shown • From areas of life corners, more than one sub-heading activity can be placed. • Consider all opportunities to learn or develop new skills and add to map with dashed lines and consider using colors.
    • Mind Mapping The basic Rules: • Use colors, pictures, images, words, symbols, etc. • Use one word or very simple phrases • Use both straight and curved lines or arrows for branches • Use circles, boxes, etc to capture key sub-headings and place in corners • Depth or focus on sub-headings should be placed on separate “focus map”
    • Looking for Opportunity Where & what can I teach? In my illness, What can I learn to share with others? During my recovery time, Can I add to my skills? ILLNESS
    • Charting the Gaps • Look at the Big picture of how jobs and life fit toward career goals • Look for Opportunities that have been over looked or never considered • Skill knowledge or experience brushed off because not gained on a “job” or at school • Chart skills needed for career goal and best choices of time / money use
    • Skill Gap Charting for Career Burger King Burger King Fry Fry Cook/PT Timing Cook/PT AM Paper Customer Service Route Counter help Local Library
    • Mapping 101 What she loved What are her skills • Teaching others • Natural gift for breaking • Black /White ethical lines down ideas or concepts • Details • Knack for editing and • Finding errors proofing anything • Working independently • Managing projects alone • Creating data analysis • Maintaining ethical self reports or spread sheets • Ability to compile data into easy to understand formats
    • Illness verses the Map What Illness gave What map gave • Time to research field and • Clear goal path study for auditing exam • Assessment of skills from all • Met many new people and areas of her life made network contacts • Refocus on life and career • Opportunity to reinvent self • Learned what she is about – and adjust career to illness Teaching and Resource • Insights to personal limits • Targets without time limits
    • Minding the Gaps - Results • Given the knowledge of illness ups and downs, Lyn could see down times as skill sharpening opportunities • Gaps in her resume no longer are illness or job loss excuses, but have a planned purpose • Planning for detours gave her options and control/power illness thus increasing energy
    • Lessons Learned Before the Map After the Map • Paranoia and illness caused • Saw relationship of illness performance to decline. to performance issues. • Checked herself into an • Began to focus on career outpatient therapy. skills and development. • Illness and career co-existed • Illness was main focus and and were recognized as career/job was not on radar. equally important. • Illness was elephant in the • Illness and career are room, career wasn’t even IN treated like objects that the room. move around in the same room.
    • Your turn In the workbook, more details and actual breakdowns of elements. • Define your main goal as the center topic of your map. • Next add your primary values to your map as free-floating topics. • Add primary topics, one representing each of the major life roles or domains in your life (i.e.: work, family, church, hobbies, etc.) • Then add secondary topics, steps and strategies you will undertake to achieve your goal within the context of each life role. (If your map becomes too cluttered, consider creating sub-maps to expand details of each life role.) • You can assign numeral rankings to create action steps in your plans, allowing it to be easier to know where to start or what is next.
    • Thank You Paulette M. Glass