Planning for Your Future


This chapter began by describing the process of creating short-term, long-term, and SMART goals that can serve as motivation for you. After a discussion of the relationship between short- and long-term goals and the importance of tracking the progress of our goals, the chapter dove into the specifics of academic plans. Sections on degree types and the special considerations and requirements of certain programs should help you understand the type of opportunities that may be available to you and the types of questions you should research and ask. The section on planning your semesters provided you with the types of resources, people, and tools that you should look for when developing your academic plan. The final section shared some basic job-seeking advice and information that will allow you to begin the process of building the components needed to apply for positions during and after college.

To make the most of the time you have in college to explore and plan for your future, consider what you can do now to create your educational and career pathway. Choose one of the following to explore further or do this term:

  • Take a variety of values, interests, skills, and personality inventories to learn more about what kinds of career environments and tasks would be worth pursuing.
  • Create a degree plan for yourself that includes opportunities to participate in experiential learning and activities such as internships and service learning.
  • Explore additional education or credentials you may need to fulfill your career goals.
  • Begin to create a resume or professional profile via social media that shares the experiences you have.



Adapted from Amy Baldwin’s “8. Planning Your Future: Summary” of College Success Concise, 2023, used according to creative commons CC by 4.0. Access for free at



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