Monday February 12, 2018
This podcast will consist of four segments:
- My Professional background/ More on Professional Development
- Hot topic of the previous week
- Sister of the week
- My closing last words
My Professional background/More on Professional Development
✳ For the past 3 years I’ve worked for Suits for Success the Home of Dress For Success Of Hudson County as a Program Coordinator. This organization is an affiliate of the nationally known non for profit, Dress for Success Worldwide. They are in 23 countries and have over 140 affiliates.
✳ I have close to twenty years of professional experience. I have worked in Credit and Collections Services, Finance, Banking, Publishing and Career Services and Professional Development Training. I have helped clients in their career decision making process to help them identify their strengths, experiences, and vocational interests. I have helped them identify any personal and social barriers in attaining full-time employment. I have helped clients in determining their career pathway and education planning. I have coached clients on their job search, interviewing, resume development and job retention skills. I have Coordinated as well as facilitated training workshops for community partners, and individuals entering the workforce for the first time or going back to work. I have facilitated workshops on Image Enhancement: Dressing for Success, Interview Skills, Resume Building, Communication Skills and Mock Interview. I have organized/coordinated professional volunteers for special events and fundraisers. I have provided volunteers support and guidance. I have organized/coordinate The Professional Women’s Group, which was created to promote employment retention and career advancement by providing valuable skill-building information, understanding corporate culture, and handling personal finances.
More on Professional Development:
Not to repeat myself because I just gave you a long list of what I did in my professional background, which include a lot about professional development – with that said, I want to tell you also:
✳ It’s making inventory of your skills, and being able to turn those valuable skills into a marketable tool.
✳ Its maintaining professional credentials like academic degrees and or formal coursework
✳ Its attending educational conferences and learning new skills.
✳ Finally, think of professional development as something that is always under construction.
Hot topic Of the previous week
- Stock market
With Trump at the reign of our government, one of the hottest topic of the past couple of weeks has been immigration. Specifically, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival,” short for DACA.
✳ DACA was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. The policy was established by the Obama Administration in June 2012 and rescinded by the Trump Administration in September 2017. As of 2017 approximately 800,000 individuals were enrolled in the program created by DACA. Advocates for DACA refers to participating individuals as Dreamers.
✳ Now, I have very strong feelings about the dreamers, because I’m also an immigrants and all my family are immigrants. As I tried to reflect on why our elected government would try everything in their power to separate families, I came to the realization that no amount of reasoning seems fair. For the simple fact that this whole United States was built on the back of immigrants. Starting with slaves brought here by no choice of their own, to people who come here by their own free will in search of better life or fleeing persecution from their country.
✳ Congress has until March of this year to pass a new immigration bill, and I hope they take into account that according to a new CBS news poll 70 percent of Americans support a bill that allows the dreamers to stay in the country with their family.
Sister of the week
This segment is called sister of the week. This is when we pick a sister that is doing it, kicking butts, and taking names. We can have multiple sisters, because, hey, why not?
But first, the “Pussy March,” was what my sister called the “Women’s March” when I mentioned to her that I wanted to partake in earlier this year, but missed my chance. Okay, the “Pussy March,” may not be for everyone, but like or not it’s making a booming sound everywhere, even worldwide. Time magazine is calling it the “Pink Wave,” and it’s creating history for “Firsts.” More importantly, it’s making wave in government. Many women are asking, “why not me?” They are saying it’s time to hold government accountable and running for office themselves.
✳ It is in that spirit that I’d like to give the first sister of the week to: Senator Tammy Duckworth.
✳ Senator Tammy Duckworth is the first Asian American woman to be elected to Congress from her home state of Illinois and the first disabled woman to win election from any state.
✳ Duckworth served in the Illinois Army National Guard for more than two decades and had risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel by the time of her 2014 retirement. Unfortunately, in 2004 she lost her legs in Iraq when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting. An immigrant herself, Duckworth is a strong advocate of keeping immigrant family together and often tweet strongly against Trump’s stance on immigration. Last week I stumble on one of her tweets:
“Family reunification recognizes that what makes a family American is a shared commitment to the values of freedom and equality that are enshrined in the Constitution, not where the family is from.”
Closing – last words
Last but not least, as I say Goodbye to you:
- Remember the bible says: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
(Romans 12:18, NIV)
- This is from me, its a quote from an unknown:
KEEP LOOKING. NOT FOR A PERSON BUT FOR PASSION, YOUR LOVE, YOUR COURAGE, YOUR GOALS, YOUR DREAMS, YOUR HAPPINESS, YOURSELF. KEEP LOOKING. EXPLORE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU EXPLORE ANOTHER. KNOW YOUR WORTH KNOW YOURSELF. ONLY THEN WILL YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED OVER WHAT YOU WANT. YOU NEED YOURSELF TO BECOME YOUR OWN.
✳ Leave me an audio of who your sister of the week is, and I will announce their name on next week’s podcast. For now this is the way it has to be, because I have not yet figure out how to receive calls, but I’m working on it. In the meantime, for those of you who would like to stay in touch throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter @Jackie 227 or on Instagram at desmanglessumpter. Pretty soon I am going to start a facebook page for “I am my sister’s keeper,” I’ll keep you posted, so stay tune.
In the meantime, take care of yourself , be good to you and don’t forget to smile. Live everyday as if it was your last, because tomorrow is not promise. I hope you come back next week. Good bye.
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