Experts believe that it’s the role of educators to help learners set short and long-term goals, as this will guarantee further achievement outside the school environment.

Encouraging students to set goals, academic and non-academic should be the mission. Learners should be shown the possibilities ahead, while teaching them to be self-driven and motivated.

Setting goals and acquiring survival skills

Teachers and educators should aim at encouraging students to set milestones for all tasks. The process should start as early as possible to enable them set their own targets and work towards getting them get achieved. Goals may range from home or school activities, to community actions, among others.

In due course of goal-setting students develop numerous abilities, such as leadership skills, team building, team work, accountability, and overcoming challenges, which are all vital in and out of school.

When students are introduced to goal setting, they learn about deadlines and handling pressure, which will be applied in their area of work after school.

Teaching students how to be flexible in all areas is also important. Life skills, or survivals skills, go hand-in-hand with education. Students should be taught how to actively listen, think, question and take notes, as well as be able to choose their career at any level. They also have to be given room for struggle in order to learn how to be responsible.

Why it’s important

Since the job market is competitive, it is vital to encourage students to achieve their goals.

Students are also motivated by different personalities from different fields; from this, even students that didn’t know their talents pick interest.

When a student is able to set goals, it helps them be accountable for every action or step they take.

Having goals makes learners aware of their actions, efforts, and even their time management skills. Setting goals obligates them to take action, regardless of the obstacles that may be in place. As such, it can encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, new problem solving techniques, and a better understanding of how to overcome issues.

Goal setting encourages students to look back at previous successes and failures and evaluate the areas that need improvement. As such, it pushes students to tackle challenges head on and work on their weaknesses for overall success. It also helps them realise the techniques that may not be working for them, hence seeking alternative routes to achievement.

How this should be done

It all depends on the educational institutions and interest of the parents. Ideally, parents should strive to give their children the best they can with the resources at their disposal. The reason why schools should have co-curricular activities, in order to cover such areas which daily scheduled classes do not cover.

It’s important for educators to teach learners how to balance their activities, at school and at home. He says this will help them spend time wisely.

He adds that this will help learners avoid recurrence and instead check their goals, and if they are working towards their vision.

Educators should aim at teaching learners how to be flexible. As, careers are constantly changing, and students require new skills and new approaches. It’s good to consider what’s important to a student; for instance, the priorities of a first term/year student will be different to the same student two or three years later.