How to Adult: Skills You Might Have Missed
We spend years studying in our degrees — law, science, arts, whatever. What often gets lost are some of the finer skills of adulting. So FUSA had put together an event called ‘How to Adult’ on 9 May. There will be presentations on:
- income support
- rights at work
- real estate
- health insurance
- health and welbeing
In the meantime, here are some skills you might want to brush up on…
You can’t live on 2-minute noodles forever. At some point, you’ll need to learn to cook. Start with two ways to cook an egg and work upwards from there (or, you know, how not to burn toast).
2/ MANAGING YOUR MONEY
Managing your personal finances is super important. We have a whole blog post dedicated to it coming up! Basically, you need to: learn how to budget, choose the best banking deals, do your taxes, invest in stocks, have an emergency fund, etc.
3/ GET A JOB
Unless you win the lottery or receive a massive inheritance, you’ll also need a job. Do yourself a favour and learn how to nail the resume, cover letter and job interview. The Flinders Careers and Employer Liaison Centre can help you!
4/ THE BASIC FIXES
There are a ton of basic stuff that could be pretty handy to know, such as how to change your car oil and tires, how to iron properly, or how to sew a button. You can find plenty of tutorials on Youtube. Or you can just ask an older generation to show you.
Networking is hugely necessary to advancing your career and making friends. Check out these awesome TED Talks to help you network.
It’s valuable to know how to negotiate — whether you’re asking for a raise at work or discussing a personal issue with a partner. Put your eyes on these TED Talks to help you negotiate.
7/ REMEMBER NAMES
‘I’m just bad with names…’ is not a great excuse. You might be terrible at remembering names, but there’s also lots you can do to improve. And it’s so much more professional, respectful and friendly to know people’s names. Make an effort, use a memory hack.
8/ WHEN TO SAY NO, WHEN TO SAY YES
Knowing when to say ‘no’ can help you create balance, reduce stress and control the direction of your life. There’s also a power in saying ‘yes’ more — taking risks, pushing beyond your comfort zone and being more open-minded. So if you’re the type of person who need more excitement, stimulus and opportunities, say ‘yes’ more! Listen to the TED Talk, My year of saying yes to everything by Shonda Rhimes. If you’re the type of person who need to relax, rebalance and prioritise, try to say ‘no.’ Listen to A thousand times no by Bahia Shehab.
9/ ASK FOR HELP
If you need help, the responsible, adult thing to do is ask for it. This can keep you healthy, strengthen your relationships, and maybe even solve your problem! If you need a little bit of motivation, try watching Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness by Michele L. Sullivan or The art of asking by Amanda Palmer.
10/ SPEAK IN PUBLIC
A huge number of people are terrified of public speaking. But it’s a really handy skill. Learn how to give a toast or a speech. You never know when you’ll be called upon to say a few words, or how you might benefit from having the courage to stand up. Whether it’s a wedding speech or a brief goodbye at a college’s farewell lunch. There are plenty of TED Talks to help you with public speaking or for some practical training, join Toastmasters.