Setting and Keeping Goals

As a university student you will have numerous goals concerning your study plans, career, life style and happiness. Your goals will be long, medium or short term. You should record your goals and note the elements of a useful goal.

Long-term Goals

Long-term goals are goals you wish to achieve after you have successfully completed your course. These are related to your employment and life after you have completed your studies, at least five years in the future. Here are some examples.

  • Business manager by age of 30
  • Design engineer within 6 years
  • School teacher in northern NSW
  • Enrolled in a doctorate program
  • What are your long-term goals? If you feel uncertain about your long-term goals, contact a careers guidance counsellor

Medium-term Goals

Goals you wish to achieve in the next year or so, up to the end of your course. These will be the stepping-stones to achieving your long-term goals. Here are some examples.

  • Complete a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing with a grade point average of at least 5.5 by the end of semester 3
  • Complete 4 units at least at a credit level by the end of semester 3 and a successful practical project
  • Complete a total of 8 units at least at a credit level by the end of semester 2 next year

What are your medium-term goals?

Short-term Goals

Goals you wish to achieve in the next day, week, and by the end of semester. These are the stepping-stones to achieving your medium-term goals. Use the course specification to plan for the semester and for each week.

What are your short-term goals?

Elements of a Useful Goal

  • Specific: Describes what you want to accomplish with as much detail as possible
  • Measurable: Describes your goal in terms that can clearly be evaluated
  • Challenging: Takes energy and discipline to accomplish
  • Realistic: A goal you know you are actually capable of obtaining
  • Stated Completion Date: Goals that break longer term goals into shorter pieces and clearly specify target completion dates

Make a list of your long-term, medium-term and short-term goals and display them in a visible place to assist with your motivation to study.