Working My Plan
“Weekly goals were helpful and showed me that I was cared for.”
When I first arrived in the Deseret Industries training program, I had several behaviors that were out of line with industry standards. I knew I needed to overcome them, but I didn't feel that I needed support to do so. I quickly learned that there were people at Deseret Industries who cared about me and my future, and who would help and support me. This team included a development specialist, a job coach, my mentor, and my bishop.
My team helped me come up with a clear plan for becoming self-reliant. My goals were to get a dependable job, move out of my parent’s house, and progress spiritually. I then worked on this plan. Weekly goals were helpful and showed me that I was cared for. I first had to focus on not being late to work and leaving early. With help from my team and my weekly goals, this behavior and others changed over time. I worked the plan, because I created the plan, and then I was given the tools and support to accomplish the plan.
My job coach helped me update my resume and I began to apply for employment. I got a job at a local fast food restaurant. From time to time, my job coach will come in to see how I am doing. When I left Deseret Industries, I still had trouble with smoking, but had improved. It took six months, but I continued to focus on this goal and I am now free of cigarettes.
I accomplished my plan of getting a dependable job, living on my own, and growing spiritually. My experience at Deseret Industries helped me to do so.
“I worked the plan, because I created the plan, and then I was given the tools and support to accomplish the plan."
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