In Case You Missed It: I am my Sister’s Keeper💖 – PODCAST 3: Making Inventory of your Skills

Monday February 19th, 2018

Professional Development:

Making inventory of your skills, and being able to turn those valuable skills into marketable tools.

Segments plan

This podcast will consists of 4 segments:

  • Making inventory of your skills and being able to turn those valuable skills into marketable tools. 
  • Hot topic of the previous week
  • Sister of the week
  • My closing last words

Segment 1:  

Making inventory of your skills and being able to turn those skills into marketable tools.

Last week I mentioned that one of the ways to continue to work on your professional development is by Making inventory of your skills and being able to turn those valuable skills into  marketable tools.

What I mean to say is, look back at all your achievements and related skillsets from the past 3 years or more (the most recent the better) and from that figure out what you want to capitalize on going forward. Once you get that down – and it might take a period of days or a week – take a step back and ask yourself the following questions before moving forward. 

✴ Did you demonstrate pattern of excellence throughout your job history?

 ✴ Does your skills speak to your abilities and distinguishes you from others with same skillsets and education?

✴ Are those skillsets contain branding elements? For example: where in the market or sector are you positioned?

✴ Did you focus on current or past outcomes and impact rather than your responsibilities? 

✴ Did you play a key role on projects with measurable outcome that made an impact in your company and or organization?

✴ Were there issues you tackled that was implemented and made a difference?

Once you are able to answer these questions, the end result will be a more confident you who is able to speak freely on your accomplishments, achievements, experience, and impact.

Segment 2

Hot topic of the previous week

  1. Gun Control
  2. Trump’s proposed new Federal budget plan
  3. Russia – According to the intelligence communities our 2018 election is still at risk from Russians interference. The Trump administration is still MIA on signing new sanctions on Russia
  4. Immigration – No words on what Congress is doing regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), despite a looming dateline of March 5th to reach a legislative solution or risk exposing Dreamers to deportation.

✴ But last week the massive shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 students and injured many others took a major role in the news media. It was reported that since the beginning of the year, there have been 8 shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death.

✴ It is without saying that Gun violence is a crisis in the United States, and a huge number of the gun violence occur in our schools.   Sadly, I  am reminded of the massive shooting of 20 children and six educators that took place in Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut back in December 2012. More recently, earlier this year  58 people died at a concert in Last Vegas, and in November 2017,  26 people died in a shooting in a Texas church.

✴ Back in 2012, when the shooting occurred in Newtown,Connecticut some in the media debated that gun violence could be the result of or connected to children being raised in a single-parent-household.  Which of course, I disagreed with vehemently.  This time politicians are saying gun violence is connected to mental health issues.  Meanwhile,  the Trump Administration proposed new Federal Budget which stated to cut many programs that provide mental health services. Confusing, yes. So, while we talk and debate about gun violence, children and people are dying.

✴ I say,  you can’t have it both ways.  I don’t want to know about the symptoms of gun violence.  I care about solutions. It’s time we take real steps to ending gun violence.  We deserve a government who cares more about our children than their donors, namely the National Riffle Association (NRA). We need gun violence reform. No more talking, it’s time for action!

Segment 3

Sister of the week

  1. This segment is called sister of the week. This is when we pick a sister that is doing it, kicking butts, and taking name. We can have multiple sisters, because why not.

✴ This weeks sister of the week goes to a sister that showed up on my Instagram page, posted by the web magazine the; her name is Rachel Johnson-Farias, Esq.

✴ Rachel Johnson-Farias, Esq is the founder of of Esq. Apprentice, a California-based non-profit, whose mission is to provide low-income individuals of color ages 18 to 26 with the tools needed to complete California’s legal apprenticeship program and become attorneys free of charge.  The program offer those who want to be attorneys, but cannot afford the massive cost of it the opportunity to make their dream come true.

✴ Ms. Johnson-Farias, Esq is my choice for sister of the week, because she is not only changing lives, she is breaking boundaries, providing tools for those less fortunate to create a better live and future for their family. She is also giving ex offenders the opportunity to better equipped themselves, so they do not become repeat offenders. For that, I applaud my sister. Keep up the great work!

To learn more about her program, go to her website at:

Segment 4

Closing – last words

Last but not least, as I say Goodbye to you:

 ✴ Remember the bible says: “Be humble in the presence of God’s mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes. God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.”

✴ This is from me, its a quote from UPLIFT: maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe its about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.

With that said:

✴ Leave me an audio of who your sister of the week is, and what you are doing or have done in taking inventory of your professional development. I will discuss it on next week podcast. Finally, we will continue the conversation next week regarding maintaining professional credentials like academic degrees and or formal coursework. So, turn in.

✴ In the meantime, for those of you who want to stay in touch throughout the week you can follow me on Twitter @Jackie227 or on Instagram at desmanglessumpter.

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. Have a great week. Good bye!

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