Peer Pathways Program

Peer Pathways Program

Welcome to the Peer Pathways Program!

The Peer Pathways Program is designed to provide students with peer-to-peer mentoring and support through the process of identifying your goals and creating an IDP. The program uses the myPath video series to offer a flipped classroom approach so participants can maximize discussion time in the group sessions. See the Program Outline below for a breakdown of the topics that will be covered each session.

The discussions are facilitated by myPath Peer Facilitators (current graduate students employed and trained by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) -check out our video introduction to current and past facilitators.

The general guideline of Peer Pathways Program is Observe – Enact – Share:

  • Observe: You will independently watch the specified required videos for the week.
  • Enact: You will independently complete any required exercises as you watch the videos.
  • Share: You will attend a group session to discuss your experience working through the materials.

 

Want to know what our past participants thought of the program? Check out our Program Evaluation Report

 

Registration is closed for the 2021-2022 academic year.

New sessions are being planned and registration will open in September 2022!

 

Want to run your own Peer Pathways Program?

We have created a Peer Facilitator Guide so groups at McGill or other institutions can run the program independently. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions,  please contact mypath [at] mcgill.ca We are more than happy to meet with you to and share ideas!

 

Program Outline

Session

Before the session

During the session

Session #1:
Understanding Motivation

 

Optional

Required

This session focuses on establishing the foundation for the program, spending time at the beginning to set up a space where individuals feel comfortable learning and growing together.

Aims:

  • Establish expectations and discussion motivations for pursing graduate degree.
  • Identify and define your core values
  • Discuss your experiences and motivations with your peers
Session #2:
Be Well & Plan Your Future
 

Optional

Required

This session is about taking a holistic view of your future and making sure that you are thinking sustainably about possible life paths.

Aims:

  • Understand the importance of incorporating wellbeing into your current planning and future vision
  • Imagine alternative futures
  • Consider diverse perspectives of success through peer sharing
Session #3:
IDP in Action
 

Optional

Required

This session is about looking at your IDP, integrating the concepts from the past sessions to discuss how your SMART goals reflect your vision and priorities.

Aims:

  • Understand how to write or describe a vision statement that highlights your priorities for the next year
  • Collectively identify support networks to overcome challenges and achieve goals
Session #4:
Next Steps

 

Required

This last session is all about staying on track and ensuring sustainable planning. Now that you have shared your experience creating your IDP, it is important to talk about the next steps.

Aims:

  • Plan effectively for monitoring and assessing goal progress
  • Create an effective timeline to stay on track

 

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