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Setting Personal Goals

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Put yourself on a path.


If you're an adult who is thinking about getting more education to make a better life for yourself and your family, you're not alone. More and more adults are improving their skills and learning new skills by enrolling in college education programs.

Your first step should be to set some type of goal for yourself. Personal goals are important because they help you know if or when you've succeeded. Consider the following questions:

  • What do you want to get out of college?

  • What do you want to do with your education?

  • How do you want to feel once you've accomplished your educational goal?

Write a statement of your goal in clear, concise terms. Documenting this goal can help keep you on track as the various options present themselves. Your goal might be to:

  • Get a better job
  • Get a different type of job
  • Finish your bachelor's degree
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Set an example for your children
  • Earn more money
  • Enhance and expand your skills
  • Explore an interest or hobby

After you've clearly articulated your goal, you can begin to look for the best way to achieve searching for a college program that will help you achieve your goal.

If you're having trouble identifying or writing your goal, you may want to take a self-assessment or aptitude test.

Regardless of your reasons for continuing your education, remember that you are not alone. You're joining millions of adults pursuing additional education and training.


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