“I am the only one in all of creation who has my set of abilities. Oh, there will always be somebody who is better at one of the things I’m good at, but no one in the universe can reach the quality of my combination of talents, ideas, abilities and feelings. Like a room full of musical instruments, some may excel alone, but none can match the symphony sound when all are played together. I’m a symphony.
I am special. And I am beginning to realize it’s no accident that I am special. I am beginning to see that God made me special for a very special purpose. He must have a job for me that no one else can do as well as I. Out of all the billions of applicants only one is qualified, only one has the combination of what it takes.
That one is me.
“Because … I am special.”
J. Canfield, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986.
Immigrants all over the world will face a complex network of challenges in their new country. Over the last few decades, significant economic, social, political and technological changes have made it difficult for immigrants to adapt to the numerous employment trends. These trends include:
- the shift from the production/ manufacturing sector to the service sector;
- the increase in computer technology;
- the increase in part time, temporary and seasonal positions;
- the increase in the number of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in the work force;
- the increase in unemployment and in low-paying positions;
- the increase in the number of job changes that one can expect during a lifetime.
We must be prepared to cope with these changing trends by having the capacity to be resourceful, adaptable and flexible amidst change and ambiguity. It is in this context of constant change that we must make decisions regarding our life careers.
Career development is a life long process. It is the total constellation of psychological, sociological, educational, physical, economical and choice factors that combine to shape a person’s life.
Career planning is not instinctive. Immigrants must be provided with information and taught basic knowledge, skills and attitudes to facilitate a smooth journey from their past to the future. Life career development is self-development over the life span.
Career development for an immigrant is a process of planned intervention whereby educators, faith-based agencies, government agencies and community partners work together to provide them with hope for the future and to empower them to believe in themselves.
The main purpose of the Career Enhancement Center of Covenant Chapel is to empower all members and prospective members to reach their fullest potential. This we will achieve by:
- Providing professional guidance events
- Organize career talks
- Source and disseminate government resources
- Organize training and re-training programs – cutting across industries
- Link members with community resources, as it concerns acquiring job search skills
- Establish a functional Job Board, where diverse job postings will be displayed.
- Send out periodic emails to church members about career opportunities.
- Monitor the progress of retrained persons.
Covenant Chapel is a governing church. We are committed to meeting the needs of our people. We are… we can… and we will. We are the epitome of greatness!
Because… we are special!