Things they Don’t Teach you in School that you NEED to Know!
Below are some gaps that, in my experience, could be addressed throughout high school and would set young adults up for real world experiences that they will likely encounter, or require – allowing them to live the best life they possibly can.
I believe now with more mental health awareness happening throughout schools and workplaces that eventually the teaching of self-love will make its way into the education system. Being at a vulnerable age means students are more susceptible to comparing themselves to others on social media platforms.
However, at current, there is no course or program that specifically discusses self-love, body positivity, or self-care. Therefore when young adults see certain images on social media, it is easy to feel discouraged about one’s own life, body, or skills.
Self-love is so critical to having a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. You would think such an important aspect to our lives would at least be explained to young adults, giving them the ability to look at social media without doubting themselves.
It is more than just social media though. Having a solid foundation of self-love for yourself helps in all areas of life, including work and relationships.
For more information on self-care, check out my post: Self-Care, you Should be Doing This!
This is the topic most often joked about not learning enough in school, but it is true. Knowing how to do your taxes is a useful skill!
If you are just doing your taxes for yourself, or as a couple, then they really aren’t that hard. But this isn’t taught in school, therefore the burden to learn it is placed on the individuals themselves.
In some cases, the parents never learned it either, so they won’t be able to teach their kids this skill.
When you put the onus on an individual to learn for themselves, you will get a significantly lower number of people learning for themselves. Instead, you end up with people relying on tax services (as helpful as they are) to complete their forms for them.
As well, knowing how to do your taxes can save you money, especially if you are just doing taxes for a basic household. I understand that having someone do your taxes is beneficial if you have businesses that make it a great deal more complex, but the basic household tax forms are not complex. And if it were taught in schools, I am sure more people would be able to pick it up and do it for themselves.
Time management is a hugely important skill. It is also a quality that potential employers look for when they are assessing candidates.
But again, this is often not discussed in school, and it something that seems to be left as a “learn for yourself” kind of skill.
This is also not to say that handing out late slips is teaching time management, because it is not. Time management and a student being late are two different things. Time management is something that must happen throughout the day in a way that allows you to get all the items you planned to get done finished. Being late is a result of poor time management.
For more information on time management, check out my post: Tricks for Time Management
This one is huge. Hand-in-hand with being able to do your taxes is being able to manage your finances in the first place.
Managing your finances includes everything from budgeting, paying down your debt, having an emergency fund, a savings plan, and investing. Yet none of these skills are taught thoroughly in school. These are assumed to be learned on your own, or potentially with help from parents.
Yet they are extremely useful skills that help individuals become more productive members of society, and able to live the lives they want to live.
A lot of people feel held back by their finances, and so it would be a fantastic opportunity for young individuals to be able to learn about managing their finances before they even really hit the real world.
For more information on successfully managing your finances, check out my post: Managing your Finances like a Boss!
This is a bit of a softer skill, but it is still widely important and still a skill. To do anything successfully in life you will be required to have solid relationships. Whether this is with your family, friends, work colleagues, clients, the point is that a good relationship will get you farther than a bad relationship.
However we aren’t really taught these skills in school. Granted we all have different personalities, but really the skill comes from being able to read other people and interact with them in a way that is both positive for you and them.
I have taken training through work where, based on each person’s personality, I know have a variety of methods for which to interact with each of my work colleagues. Knowing how other people function allows you to connect with them better on their level. Some people are very interested in talking ideas or problems through, whereas others aren’t. This needs to be respected. But this isn’t learned in school.
In your personal relationship, it is important for people to understand that it is all about having a good mix of “give and take”. Sometimes your partner will come home and just require you to listen. They might not be looking at you to be their problem solvers, rather, they just need someone to listen. Being able to recognize this again, is a skill.
These are just a couple of topics that don’t seem to be covered in school, yet are required to live a happy, successful life these days. If there are any topics you think I missed, drop a comment below!