In the Western World, the typical eighteen year old girl has the world at her command. Well, perhaps not the whole world, but enough of it to get her fill (is there a pun there?). This is still mostly true even if she is kind of fat and/or unpleasant to be around. The feminine herd says that she should go to University, get a degree, and obtain a job in HR, with a non-profit, or government. It does not seem to say much else, other than perhaps implying one should have fun when they have the opportunity. And if they so desire, they should eventually marry and have children. This is pretty much it. Perhaps some of the women out there can fill this in a bit more.
So, if this is the plan (somewhat by default it would seem), how well is it working? It does work well (so to speak) in the years of youth and beauty. There is much fun to be had. But it is like a pact with the Devil, and sooner or later he is coming for her soul. For very often this route leads to no/unhappy marriages, damaged children, and general misery for all involved.
The question is: What should eighteen year old women be thinking with respect to plans? There are undoubtedly many paths to life contentment for them. What would you tell these young women about planning for their future? What skills should they develop? What behaviors should they nurture? What things should they be looking for; and which things should they be looking to avoid? It is in your hands.