Having a strong start to the beginning of the year, will set your mentee up to have a strong finish to their program and set them up for the next step on their job path. Having a plan in place with achievable goals and the materials needed for each of their program or advance on their job site will help your mentee stay on track. As your mentee's program increases in rigor, or they apply for new opportunities with their employer they may benefit from additional support. Being connected to a community, identity or interest based, can help cement your mentees sense of belonging which can positively impact job performance and their program participation. Feeling supported and connected will help your mentee to thrive.
Ensuring that your mentee has the tools and resources needed to participate fully in their program or excel at their job is a good place to start. Review your mentee's program expectations or have them talk through the expectations of their job site, find out what resources and other materials are required. Together you can make a plan for your mentee to gather all of the materials needed. Encourage your mentee to apply for Emergency Funds if they need financial support in making this purchases.
Empowering your mentee to access resources is a vital life skill. There are myriad resources available to support your mentee's learning, professional and personal journey, however they may not know where to find them. Normalize asking for help. This is a lifelong skill that will benefit your mentee in their personal and professional life.
Prompts for Communication:
Getting back into the swing of things after winter break can be tough. When you connect with your mentee, ask them about their break and share about yours. Do a quick personal check-in before diving into planning and task management. Personal goal setting offers a segue into your mentee's courseload and how they are engaging with the college community. Encourage your mentee to take advantage of campus resources as needed.
Here are some questions to get help you support your mentee:
- What changes have been made to your program when it comes to virtual learning?
- Do you know how to access all of your online acounts? ( Program Portal, Timesheets , etc?
- Do you have all the technology needed to participate in your program or work remotely? (i.e. phone, computer, Wi-Fi etc.)
- How are you feeling about your program expectations or job duties?
- Which class are you most excited about achieving on the job or in your program? Why?
- What most challenging about your program or job? Why
- What resources are available to you if you need additional support?
- Have you secured resources to help pay for books, transportation, food, etc?
- How is your relationship with your program instructor or supervisor? When will you meet with them next?
- How are you spending your time when you are not working or at your program?