Aimed or aimless? Peeping into University students’ future through present

Shaista Khalid, Zubair Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Anwar Ul Haq

Abstract


Goal setting is important for everyone to be productive in life. Students particularly need to set aims to be successful in their academic and social life. The present descriptive study was designed to investigate whether the university students have set goals for their future; to what degree they are focused toward their life goals and what are the action plans in form of daily routine to achieve their aims. A sample of 209 students of BS (social sciences; semester I toVIII) was taken conveniently from University of Sargodha; University of Gujrat and University of the Punjab. A questionnaire having short and detailed open ended questions was used to collect the information. The content analysis of data revealed that majority of students even up to semester VIII had no clear aim before them. Students’ having targets had very broader and scattered action plans. A greater number of students were wasting their time in activities like using internet and cell phones for other than academic purposes and wandering with friends. However a small number of students had clear targets and were focused enough to achieve them. They had clear and feasible action plans. Majority of such students had got guidance from their teachers at high school, college or university on how to set future goals and prepare action plans. In the light of findings it is suggested that career counseling services should be made available in all institutions to channelize the energies of youth for a better future by directing them to the right destination. Moreover, training must be provided to students on how to select appropriate future goals and how to adopt suitable action plan to achieve the set targets by utilizing their time and sources appropriately.

Key words: goal setting, motivation, action plan, university students; future success


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