GUIDE TO GOAL SETTING WITH YOUR STUDENT WORKER
Why is this an important management tool?
- Sets clear expectations and gives context
- Creates greater student engagement in their work
- Supports self-esteem through the value of their contributions
- Builds a stronger relationship between supervisor and student
How should you approach this conversation?
- Schedule a meeting ahead of time with your student. Ask them to prepare for the meeting by reflecting on their strengths and on areas where they could improve or things they might want to learn more about. Explain that you’ll be thinking about this as well so you can create goals together.
- Begin the meeting by clarifying the purpose again. Everyone wants the student to have a successful year. Creating goals together supports the student’s success by creating a clear expectation and providing a way to measure progress.
- Review the CWSP Goal Setting Worksheet (below).
- Always ask the student for their contributions first. Then add your own. The majority of students will naturally defer to the supervisor. Encouraging them builds confidence, advocacy skills and critical thinking.
- Goals should be measurable and concrete so you can monitor progress together. They can be targeted toward improvement in a growth area or could be a way to further develop one of the student’s strengths.
- Discuss how to achieve the goal. Making sure the student knows how to achieve the goal is even more important than understanding the goal itself. This is a critical thinking skill. What steps will they need to take? Will they need additional support and from whom? Is there a timeline to complete the goal or is this goal ongoing?
- Revisit the goals periodically. Make it a purposeful conversation to review progress. You may decide a goal has been met or is no longer needed and choose to focus together on a new area.