Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12 - page 8

Remember what you do now will lead to what you can do for college, career, and life in the future!
Set Goals with
College and Career
in Mind
Setting goals to be ready for college and career is like planning
for your day-to-day activities but with a bigger perspective.
To get serious about planning for school success – both today and
for your success in college and career – you need to have some
goals in mind.
Goals make planning meaningful
. Remember, “if you
don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to end up somewhere
else!” So, how do you know what goals to set? Do some serious
thinking about what you want to accomplish in the future. Take
some time to write down the steps (also known as ‘short term
goals’) that will help you achieve your dreams. Once you have something in mind, planning will make
more sense and hold more value. It will be easier to create a 4-year plan for high school and know
what you need to do to be college and career ready.
What do you see yourself doing after high school: college, career and life?
What is your “dream” for YOUR future? Start with at least three ideas or goals:
your college dream:
your career dream:
your life dream:
What are some specific steps you can take to accomplish your dreams?
Begin by making your school experiences meaningful and productive, take charge!
Take classes that:
will prepare you to
reach your goals
graduation requirements
will prepare you for
1, 2, 4, or more years of education and training
after high school.
will prepare you with marketable
skills that lead to a job
Get involved
and participate in a school club or other school activity groups.
Track your success!
Keep a file of your grades, school progress, and school activities.
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