How to Write an Essay About My Future Goals

Updated July 19, 2017

Writing an essay explaining your future goals might be a requirement for entrance into college, a high school assignment or just to help clarify where you picture yourself several years from now and how you intend to get there. Future goals essays represent you and your personality and explain your goals to readers who may not know you personally. They can help you structure your future plans and see how your goals fit together toward helping you accomplish your dreams.

Brainstorm and write a list of your goals. Decide what is important to you in your future and why. Make a list of career and personal goals. Narrow down the list to several key goals and estimate a time period in which you want to accomplish them.

Create a strong main point. Write an introductory paragraph providing a brief overview of each goal, how your goals relate to each other. If your essay is for college entrance, briefly explain how the area of study you intend to pursue will help you accomplish your goals.

Explain the details. Write one or two paragraphs detailing each goal and what stimulated your interest in it. Provide facts and information explaining what is required for you to accomplish each goal. This information can be from personal interviews, experiences or documents such as a college course catalogue that describes classes in your degree program.

Create a strong finish. Compose your final paragraph by reviewing your goals and reiterating your interests that push you to accomplish them. Express your strong desire to see your goals accomplished and how every success will lead you to more goals and accomplishments.

Review the essay. Check to ensure that there are no grammatical or spelling errors, your points are clear and your enthusiasm for your goals shines through in your writing. Ask yourself if you have fully explained all of your points, shown that you have thoroughly researched and thought about your goals and detailed your plans sufficiently.


Take time away from your essay after writing each draft. The time between increases your chances of seeing any mistakes or inconsistencies you might have missed. Ask others to review your draft for errors.

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About the Author

Kelli Rogers has been a professional technical writer since 1997. She has written e-learning courses for companies ,including Avon and Rockwell Collins. Rogers' travel articles appear in "Cayman Air Magazine" and "The Arizona Republic." She has a Master of Arts in English from George Mason University.