Transitions, Time Management, and Starting Strong
As summer comes to a close, mentoring pairs should take time this month to discuss the transition from high school, the importance of time management, and starting strong in the fall.
Not sure which non-college pathway is right for you? Check out the Alternate Pathways Directories for opportunities and reach out to your Program Manager for support.
Discussion Topic #1- Time Management
The transition from high school to the post-secondary years are not always easy. Understanding the importance of and practicing strong time management skills are critical to finding success after high school, regardless of your pathway.
Start by reviewing this list of Ways to Take Control of Your Time. Using the prompts below, discuss this important topic to help mentees on their way to a successful post-secondary experience.
Mentors should kickoff the discussion by responding to the following prompts:
1. What was your transition like after high school graduation? In what ways were you successful and in what ways did you struggle?
2. What were some of your early challenges around managing your time well after high school?
3. How did you develop strong time management skills and practices? How do you manage your time now?
4. What advice would you give your mentee to help them develop their time management skills?
Mentees: share any reflections on what your mentor has shared and then respond to the prompts below:
- What have been your biggest challenges in your transition from high school? How have you been successful this summer in your transition out of high school?
- Do you consider yourself to be good at managing your time? Why? Why not?
- Of the "8 Ways to Take Control of Your Time," which ones do you want to focus on?
- What type of support or resources will help you manage your time well this fall?
Read more about how to improve your time management skills, including a list of tips and tricks.
Discussion Topic #2 Starting Strong
Whether you are taking a gap year, starting a certification program or entering the world of work, starting strong is key to your success. Using the prompts below, discuss how things are going so far.
Mentees: take the lead by reflecting and sharing your thoughts using the prompts below:
- What are some of the highlights of the first few weeks of your program?
- What are some of the lowlights or difficulties? How did you handle those challenges?
- Is the program like what you imagined it would be? Why or why not?
- How are you handling the time commitment? Are you getting there on time? Do you have enough time to do everything you need to do outside of the program?
Mentors: close the discussion by reflecting together on what has been shared. Share any additional insights before discussing the topic of accessing support.
Discussion Topic #3- Accessing Support
Regardless of your post-secondary pathway, accessing support, whether it is information, people to help you find answers or help you stay on track, is critical to your success. Use the prompts below to discuss any support needs. Remember to utilize the program/company website to research and identify potential sources of support. Don't forget that your Program Manager can help as well!
Mentors: use the prompts below to guide this discussion.
- Has anything changed in your personal life that would affect your attendance / performance at the program? (Housing, transportation, dependent care, etc.). What type of support would be helpful?
- How are you handling the time commitment? Are you getting there on time? Do you have enough time to do everything you need to do outside of the program? What type of support would be helpful?
- Have you connected with a program advisor or supervisor to help you best understand what is expected of you in order to be successful?
- What are 1-2 ways that you can start to build community within your program?
Close the discussion by making a list of follow-up items for your next check-in. Remember to reach out directly to your Program Manager for support!