Life skills everyone should learn and know

Basic Life Skills

It is not surprising how many students leave the comfort of their parents home lacking the basic knowledge and skills of day-to-day life because they have always relied on their parents.

There are certain life skills that every child needs to be taught before they leave the secure and sheltered nest of their parents. We are not born with the knowledge of being able to take of ourselves, and you would be shocked by how many young adults need help and assistance with the most basic life skills.

This is in no way an insult on the intelligence of young adults. Just because you are no longer in school does not mean you have all the ruined life skills. It is alarming to how many students lack basic life skills because they have always relied on their parents to take care of them.

Some skills are handy while others are essential and can make the lives of any young adult easier. Here is a list of some (not all) useful life skills every high school student should before leaving the comforts and protection of home.

Home and personal care skills

How to use basic kitchen appliances.
How to wash and dry clothing.
How to clean a house including toilets, bathrooms and floors.
How to contribute to the running of a household.
How to shop for food and groceries.
How to cook basic meals.
How to clean up after yourself.

Life management skills

How to create a budget.
How to earn and manage money.
How to organize and keep financial records.
How to use a credit card responsibly and avoid debt.
How to manage and take care of personal taxes.
How to talk to strangers.
How to navigate and find your way around.
How to handle interpersonal problems.
How to cope with the ups and downs of life.
How to be resilient.
How to demonstrate good table manners.
How to respect your parents and elders.
How manage mange anger.
How to live within your means.

Student-Specific Skills

How to manage assignments, workload, and meet deadlines.
How to research and register for classes.
How to make clear and readable notes in class.
How to write an essay.
How to speak in public.
How to take a test.
How to maintain a healthy balance between academic and social life.

Professional skills

Ability to write resume.
Ability to handle a job interview.
Ability to draft a cover letter.
Ability to search for a job.
Ability to handle rejection.
Ability to network effectively.
Ability to make a good first impression.
Ability to persuade others.
Ability to be able to listen consciously.
Ability to communicate in clear and assertive manner.
Ability to get along with others and interpersonal skills.
Ability to learn basic time management skills.
Ability to set life and career goals.

General Conscientiousness

Ability to be aware of one’s surroundings.
Ability to see and recognize a potential dangerous situation.
Ability and knowledge to avoid drugs and alcohol.
Ability to be sexually responsible.
Ability to say in a respectful way.
Ability to ask for help.
Ability to start a conversation.
Ability to accept constructive criticism.
Ability to make effective decision.
Ability to take risks.
Ability to apologize.
Ability to change a tire on a car.
Ability to use a first aid kit.
Ability to give the Heimlich maneuver.
Ability to be honest.
Ability to be patient.

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