The reason I decided to put this little project together was because of my own situation and the situation many of my friends were faced with. I am a single mum and a lot of my friends are also. As most single mums know, the Australian Government brought in a policy a few years ago that would see single mums forced back into the work force once their child turned 6. Now, regardless of what you might read in the media, or hear from the mouths of people who have no idea what it is like to be a single mum and the circumstances that caused their single mum predicament, the majority of single mums want nothing more than a good paying job and to ‘get off’ Government benefits.
The problem faced by single mums seeking jobs is simple, there is no current industry supporting single mum employment, and if there is, the industry only covers about 2% of the single mum population seeking work. That means, a good supply of jobs that allow for school hours and the occasional sick child is simply not available. Some people may mock me for saying this, but I know from experience, [some] employers don’t see a single mum as a ‘reliable’ and profitable employee.
Truth is, we [single mums] are highly skilled in many areas. Multi tasking is something we do on a daily basis, as is working under a great deal of stress and pressure. We have an exceptional talent for budgets and making every dollar count. We know how to organise, supervise, manage and delegate, and we know how to get 2-3 different people to different places all at the same time. Frankly if you want a job done ask a mum, any mum, to do it. I guarantee it will get done. We rarely procrastinate about tasks that are required of us, because we don’t have the luxury of time…But, when it comes to what we like to do for ourselves, that’s a different story.
Enter the Passion Program.
The Passion Program is simply a series of questions that encourages the participant to consider and identify the areas they excel in. The reason different people excel in different areas is due to how it connects to them. If a task connects to the persons heart and head, you have one very happy and productive employee or business owner, however, if the task is a requirement that has no authentic heart or head connection to the person, you have an unhappy chappy working for a living that benefits no one. These types of situations are short term and unfortunately, when the Government brought in the new policy of pushing women into jobs that would evidently cut their Government benefits, no consideration was given as to whether the woman would enjoy her position. The only thing this creates is a group of women going into short term employment, which gives a short term solution to the problem.
Now, if we took the time to work out what it was women actually enjoyed doing and then assisted them down that path, we may actually have a solution that is more long term. Women are an extremely powerful group. Give us a job that talks to our heart and head and we’ll give you an unstoppable and limitless capacity for success.
So here’s a question I ask the women who participate in the Passion Program.
‘If you won lotto tomorrow and never had to worry about money or finances again, what would you do to pass your time? We all need purpose in our lives. What activity, hobby or interest would you occupy your time with?’
Please comment below and share your answers with your friends. SJ X