What We Really Need To Know When We Leave Education
Our children grow up before our eyes. They go from the little bundles that we bring home from the hospital, to heading off to their first day of school in a matter of weeks. The next thing you know, they’re driving. And then, before any time at all has passed, they’re getting measured for their cap and gown in preparation for high school graduation. During this brief period of time, there is so much that we want to teach our children. Here is one contributor’s suggestions of things that young adults should know before they leave the safe confines of the education system.
Many of us like the idea of studying for degrees and qualifications through college and university, but once the structure of classes has gone, what next? When we are younger, we can get enclosed in safety bubble of routine and structure, student financing and accommodation. However, once it is all over, we are required to start being an adult and taking responsibility for pretty much everything. It can be a huge eye-opener. It is always worth being as prepared as possible so I thought I would put together a quick list of some of the things you really need to know about when leaving education for good.
Your relationship to money needs to change
It is important to realize that once the safety net of student loans and studying has gone, your relationship to money may need to change. There is quite a lot to become responsible for once more, bills need to be paid, perhaps student debt needs to be paid off. Thankfully, there is a lot of resources online, and this blog post explains things in more detail. It may seem daunting at first, but realizing what you can and can’t do sooner rather than later will actually stand you in good stead for a more successful financial future.
You need to apply for jobs and brush up on interview skills
The time has come to stand up on your own two feet and head out looking for a job that you have studied so long for. You may find that there are a number of students just like you in the same situation, so it is important to try and stand out from the crowd. Maybe brush up on your interviews skills and prepare in advance for some of the most commonly asked questions. At the same time, you may want to look into how you present yourself for interviews. First impressions count.
Budgeting will become your best friend
Back onto the subject of money again and you may find that while searching for a job you need to budget a lot more intensely than ever before. This is when meal planning could really help, as well as having some form of budget planner that you can write up and refer to so you know exactly where you stand with your finances.
Being organised can be a great way to ensure that you keep things on track. Whether that is being organised with applying for jobs and seeing potential recruiters for the industry you want to work in, or being organised with where you live and your finances.
This stage of your life can be a little tricky as you navigate between finding work and settling into a new pace of life. But it is only temporary, and things will start to improve. Keep positive with your thinking. A positive thought process may be hard to master at first, but like anything, it is just a case of developing a habit.
I hope this helps you or someone you know who is just starting out after education.
If you could ensure your child learned one thing before they grew, what would it be?