Mind The Gaps–Short Version April 28, 2009


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Mind The Gaps–Short Version April 28, 2009

  1. 1. Mind the Gaps – Professional Skill Development During Times of Illness
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Starting Point Family Job (s) Family Education / Volunteer Volunteer Professional Training
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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”
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. Thank You Paulette M. Glass