Massachusetts has one of the world's most diverse and innovative economies — driven by technology, health care, financial services, and higher education amongst other key sectors. In recent years, the Commonwealth has been heralded as having the most dynamic innovation economy in the country, with the Milken Institute ranking Massachusetts first in its State Technology and Science Index
in every index released since 2002.
Massachusetts companies were first to deliver radar, the mutual fund, and even email. Today, our economy, driven by its resident workforce, is hard at work developing the next generation of innovations in biotechnology, medical research, robotics, mobile technology, social media, manufacturing, renewable energy, accounting, and more. However, Massachusetts' long-term success is predicated on the preparation of tomorrow's talent today. YourPlanForTheFuture is a critical tool for cultivating a pipeline filled with the skilled talent and volume needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow, laying the groundwork for post-secondary prosperity for all residents.
For students, YourPlanForTheFuture provides an intuitive and interactive way to identify the education and skill requirements necessary for success in Massachusetts' economy. Some students will leverage YourPlanForTheFuture to jump-start their post-secondary career by preparing for a job in a trade field; others will use its technology to identify the majors that will allow them to achieve their career goals and research the colleges offering these majors.
Today, YourPlanForTheFuture is the Commonwealth's one-stop shop for college and career planning, but this is just the beginning. Leaders from the public and private sectors continue to collaborate on ways that YourPlanForTheFuture can create additional student awareness of the connectivity between K–12 studies and post-secondary success. The creation of interactive profiles highlighting the breadth of Massachusetts employers and the opportunities they provide is just one way state leaders may leverage YourPlanForTheFuture to help students contextualize and understand how their education pathways evolve into careers.
For more information on the Massachusetts economy or workforce, please visit the state's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development or the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.