The biggest challenge has been the ability to overcome necessary support services such as daycare, transportation and living arrangements. Our biggest successes can be directly related to the individual's level of motivation, effort and perseverance. Resilience is a big issue with our older youth and younger adult population. In my opinion, access to technology has made it easy for these individuals to be disconnected to the goals they have; they stop moving forward when stumbling blocks arise. It's not their fault. It's just the way life is. Many times, we as case managers have to show them how to push forward and finish well.
During meetings of this type, it's important to not only hear but really listen and consider another person's view. One other things is to not hang onto your own ideas of how things should be so tightly that you are unable to be flexible in how things are done. Also consider each team member and what they bring to the table and how they compliment one another.
The C.E.O. of our organization who, through a money-raising campaign, had to solicit donations from the public. This speaker is well-spoken, and appears genuine and transparent.
External awareness, technology management and oral/written communication are areas in which I need to become more proficient. This might include making time to attend meetings hosted by other organizations and finding a mentor to help with communications. I am currently enrolled in an short-term IT course which should help tremendously with becoming more tech savvy.
I would investigate employer needs, training options and consumer needs in order to develop a comprehensive plan regarding available jobs, training and interest. Supply and demand is key.