Finding Your Place

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Attaining what God Has for You

By Dr. Russell A. Primrose, Norman Stouffer


Contents

Introduction

As we are trying to grow our economy, our problem is that an alarming number of our people have no idea early in life what their life direction will be. They become mismatched in their job, then become discouraged and drop from the workforce, some of them to becoming homeless. Many people do not know what to do with their life even after finishing grade school, high school, college, or even later in life. They, therefore, gravitate or are coerced into areas where what is required of them does not match their strengths and abilities, often resulting in discontent, or less than peak performance. Some of them drop or are dropped from the workforce, some of them becoming homeless.

I am convinced that God has created each one of us a unique creature. We each have different appearances, different personalities, different likes and dislikes, as well as different spiritual gifts, and different abilities. Our personality differences are easier to appreciate since they deal more directly with everyday life around us. But many of us have never fully discovered the gifts and abilities that have been granted to us. We end up trying to be what we would like to be or what others would like for us to be, instead of what we are uniquely equipped to become. I am equally convinced that as we use those aspects of our personality that are uniquely our own that we will lead a much more productive and happier lifestyle. When we have the right tools the job is always easier.

Many people are not working in the areas of their strength or using the talents that God has uniquely given to them. This could be because they have not explored the alternate futures available to them, or they have been pushed into directions that are really the plans of others. This often results in dissatisfaction probably because their job requirements, and their God-given strengths and abilities are not matching up. Perhaps their parents want them to take over the family business. Perhaps it appeared that this was the only job around and that jobs were scarce. Perhaps all of their friends were going into a certain life direction and they wanted to be with them. Or maybe they just want what they think is the prestige. For whatever reason they settled into an area that did not match their unique abilities; abilities that they would be happiest using. Their contentment and productivity have had to suffer.

We want to find some way that a person can analyze their strengths and abilities, and then match them up with possible areas that promise to be more compatible? This should result in a much happier worker, as their God-given abilities are matched up to correspond with the requirements dictated by their occupation.  

The Tools We Use

There has been some productive effort in identifying our interests and our preferences over the past few years. Since 1939, or for 74 years, the Kuder Test Survey has helped millions of youth and adults worldwide discover their interests, skills, and work values. They make the claim on their web page that the revelation from identifying some of a person’s basic skills can result in help in the following areas:

• Post-Secondary students • First-time job seekers • Career changers • Veteran or active member of the military • Adult with a disability • Ex-offender • Retired person • Career preparation and placement programs • Career centers • Workforce agencies


The only drawback is that it costs quite a few dollars. The ones most needing the services often cannot afford them. A similar experiment was conducted in Denmark. After a suitable proposal was reviewed the effort was assigned 50 homeless people to work with. The results were astounding. An effort has been made in identifying the unique needs of industry, and matching them with the personality traits, strengths, and abilities that have been assigned to each person. Over 350 industries have been identified in the survey, and the resulting documentation has been used as a guide in steering a person to consider appropriate areas that match their abilities.  

Proposal

It is recommended that a population of 50 homeless people be identified and worked with as part of the proposed program. They can either be nominated and sponsored by various shelters, agencies working with the homeless, or by interested individuals. They would be selected based on their willingness to work with the program, to remain drug-free, and for their general overall attitude. They would each be administered a personality test, and a gifts and abilities test that should establish the profile with which we would be working. Free, or inexpensive, versions of these test vehicles will be used.

They would be given a copy of the profile of industry survey and asked to select a dozen areas of interest that correspond with their two strongest categories revealed from the tests. With the help of the program administrators, their sponsoring agencies, or each industries through their human resources area, we would attempt to identify what training would still be needed. An effort to provide this training would be made. They would then be asked to seek employment within the areas that have been identified that correspond with their interest. In the meantime those industries interested in augmenting the list of 350 industries and their respective job requirements would be included in a supplemented list. A questionnaire would be submitted to the industries and they would be asked to establish those traits they would be seeking in filling their various vacancies and their job requirements. That questionnaire would also solicit their cooperation in at least considering members of the homeless population for employment once they had been adequately trained.

Some basic minimal housing would be solicited for each individual so that they may present themselves clean and respectable for the various job interviews.

A follow-up on the effectiveness of these fits would be solicited both from the individual as to how well it was meeting their life needs and expectations, and from the industry as to how well it fit their job requirements. It is expected that these results would be publishable in order to help similar efforts across the country. The augmented list of industries and their job expectations would be made available by some means.


Questionnaire.To Industry

Enclosed is a description of the five service categories that we will be using to measure various individuals. I am sure we share a common goal in matching apparent strengths with the requirements of an occupation to ensure greatest productivity. We would ask you to make a matrix with the "Y" axis dedicated to a description of the jobs you have had or expects to have within the next five years. I would like you to assess each job requirements by assigning a number from 1 to 10 with 10 being the most important, as to how important each attribute is in the successful completion of each job, listed along the “X” axis. I would also like your input for each job as to what basic training would be demanded in each area. Perhaps this description could be included as the last part or most left-hand portion of the “X” axis.

In addition I would like a commitment on the part of your company to at least consider, without bias, a person who has been homeless for a period of time, once adequate training has been provided.

Thank you very much for your cooperation as together we try to tackle this important problem facing our society.

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