Opportunity knocks...are young adult women prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that may come their way?
Whether it's a dream of getting an education, landing a successful career, traveling the globe, planning for and raising a family - or something else - creating a roadmap to reach these goals is an important first step.
Plan It Forward, a campaign sponsored by Merck, encourages young adult women to consider how an unplanned pregnancy could impact her journey.
“I believe that young adult women today can accomplish anything they put their minds to, but having a plan in place can be important in helping those dreams become a reality. I’ve been very fortunate to have had a successful career for many years, but it’s more than luck that’s gotten me here today,” said actress Raven-Symoné.
According to a recent Merck-sponsored survey of 700 women ages 18-25 years, 32 percent of the 393 women who want to put in place a plan for the future don't know where to start.
Merck encourages any woman who needs help getting started with her plans for the future to visit the Plan It Forward section of HerCampus.com. The site offers tools such as the Plan It Forward Course Creator that helps women navigate the planning process and consider potential obstacles, next steps and deadlines.
The survey also found that of the 466 women who were not looking to start a family now, many said that it was important for them to achieve their personal goals. For many young adult women, an unplanned pregnancy may alter the course of their plans. And, statistics show that there were more than 3 million unintended pregnancies in the U.S. alone, with the highest incidence occurring with women 20-24 years old in 2006.