Focus Group Topic: Time Management and engaging with Prosper
Expected attendees: [Insert names/number of attendees]
Facilitator reminds attendees about recording the session only for note taking purposes and anonymised quotes, then will be deleted. Other facilitator also takes notes and monitors time. Both facilitators will then go through the recording post-event to pick out key points and themes.
Facilitator reminds all that the discussion may need to be moved on ‘Thank you for all coming to this session. This focus group is due to run for 60 minutes, we have three main questions we hope to cover during this time. In order for us to keep to time and hear from all participants we may have to interject to move the discussion on. Please don't be offended if we have to do so, we will be available at the end of the session and also can be contacted afterwards if anything has been missed.’
Introduction (5 mins): Facilitator gives overview of reasons for focus group
- Prosper has some compulsory (journaling and career coaching) and some optional elements, with opportunities to join live events advertised on the Prosper portal and Teams channel.
- We recognise that, even though Prosper is funding 10% of your time over the year, it can still be a challenge to commit the time to the pilot programme when you have your research commitments.
- This topic came out in the Pulse survey and during informal chats with cohort members.
- In this focus group, we want to hear your thoughts about time management and engagement with Prosper. What challenges/barriers have you faced? Have you managed to overcome any of them? How can we help? What can be done in future?
Challenges/barriers related to time management so far (15 mins)
Give attendees the chance to say what they might have struggled with respect to managing their time and what they have put in place to actively manage their time.
- Specific challenges faced: what areas in particular? What is it that makes it a challenge?
- Are you in control of your own time?
- What strategies have you used to manage your time? How do you organise yourself?
- Has anyone given you any tools to use to manage your time?
- How does trying to balance Prosper with your research make you feel?
- Mental blocks – what stops them attending/engaging?
- If time set aside, how do you use it?
- Guilt about lack of engagement, feeling behind or never being able to do enough. This has come through in conversations/surveys. Thoughts?
What could be done differently in future? (15 mins)
Pick up on what they have mentioned and ask what they can do differently
- What can Prosper do differently?
- What would help to alleviate feelings of guilt or questions of ‘am I doing enough?’ Or I feel like I am behind? Anything Prosper can do to reassure or clarify.
How can we incorporate these suggestions for this cohort, the next one and after rollout of the final model? (15 mins)
- Any practical suggestions to deal with issues of time management?
- Can Prosper make things clearer. If so, how?
- If you like the idea of more support – how could this work now (what would it look like) and how can it translate to the final model?
Other thoughts/suggestions (10 mins)
Anything else people want to talk about or comment on. Anything else lacking or could be improved with respect to time management?
Thank them for their time. Useful discussion and we will take all of your thoughts into consideration
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