CAREER MENTORING GROUP MEETINGMonth Three – Managing Expectations
Who hasexpectations ofyou? Expectation - The prospect Do you feel like you usually meet or of the future; grounds exceed your own expectations? upon which something excellent is expected to happen; prospect of anything good to come Are they the same as yours?What are your expectationsof yourself?
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PARENTS You will at some point argue with your parents about what you should be studying, where you should be going, how you should be paying for it and more Tips to talk to your parents: Be upfront and honest Don’t give up after one conversation, if it is important you need to make it a priority Involve a third party – me, SPSW, guidance counselor, family member – but remember that at the end of the day they need to hear from you Tell them that instead of going to college, youre going to join the circus as a sad clown
CASE STUDY #1 Jamal wanted to go to the University of Toronto to study biomedicine. Eventually he wants to become a family doctor. Unfortunately Jamal failed Biology and got a 57% in Chemistry in his first semester. What could he do next? What might be some flaws in his plan? So he retook biology in 2nd semester and got a 62% and did Chemistry in Night school and got a 73%. This put his top 6 average at a 67%. What are Jamal’s options at this point?
THINKING ABOUT A 5TH YEAR Change schools – talk to your SPSW Upgrade courses – be intentional about course selection Take things that will propel your credits for PSE – think about dual credit programs, OYAP or programs like YouCAN (at JPCI)
CASE STUDY #2 Sarah wanted to go to University to study Education and wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher. Sarah did her University applications but ended up failing 2 of her 6 U/M courses in first semester. What could she do? What might be some flaws in her plan?
APPLYING TO COLLEGE Many college programs have articulation agreements This means you can go to college for 2 years and then use the college diploma as credit towards a university degree EX – Seneca Accounting – York University Business Admin Some programs have bridging courses you can take EX - GBC Practical Nursing – Bridging program – Ryerson Registered Nursing
CASE STUDY #3 Julie has the goal of being a nurse. She did both University and College applications. Unfortunately Julie did not get accepted to any universities or colleges. She stays on and does a 5th year of high school to try and bring up her marks. She re-applies to both College and University and again she does not get accepted to the programs she applied to. What can Julie do? What might be some flaws in her plan?
ACADEMIC UPGRADING York University – Steps to Liberal Arts and Transitional year program Ryerson – Road to Ryerson UofT – Transitional year Program and Academic Bridging Program All colleges – GAS, pre-academic programs, Academic upgrading, Pre-apprenticeship programs and more George Brown – Augmented Education (assistant cook & construction) Humber –Breaking the Cycle, EAP – English for Academic Purposes Seneca – LINC to College Centennial – HYPE
MAKING BACK-UP PLANS What are reasons you might need a back-up plan?Getting all 30 credits Social life getting in the wayGetting good enough grades Competitive yearFamily Expectations Not enough steps in planP/T employment Missing deadlinesFinancial Other Why make back-up plans? Can’t control admission decisions, life, etc. Having a plan in place eases fear and anxiety if you need to implement it
Fill out the worksheet to create your back-up planMy goal for next year is:The following things might get in the way of me reaching my goal:If my goal is not reached I plan to:Steps I need to take to follow the back-up plan:Who can help me with my back-up plan?