Things They Don't Teach At School

Published on 8 Jul 2014 . 2 min read

1) Financial Literacy

Learning how to do your own taxes is a necessity — even if we ultimately end up paying someone else to do it. We need to always know what is happening to our money.

2) Decision making and thinking

The decisions we make in real life have consequences, some immediate, and some delayed, affecting ourselves and others. Making the right choices could literally mean the difference between happiness and remorse, success and failure, and so on. We need to be equipped with the ability to think through scenarios and situations which inevitably arise in our lives, not only for the sake of successful endeavors, but also for the sake of being wise for its own sake.

3) How to be an entrepreneur

Not all students will become entrepreneurs, but teaching entrepreneurship is a great way to instill passion, creativity, critical thinking and interest in a lot of students. Plenty of students are disengaged in school because they’re dreaming of something bigger and better; teaching entrepreneurship can help challenge those interests.

4) Networking

Most likely, you will not meet these networking contacts on campus. These come through professional experience and personal relationships. There is great power in knowing you can reach out to your network whenever you have a problem to solve, to be able to reach key influencers at conferences and meetings, to make an impression on audiences, to project confidence and trustworthiness, and to make friends with other successful people.

5) How to manage time

If you have ever found yourself being busy all day only to wonder what you accomplished at the end of it, then you need to learn this stuff. Understanding how to manage will give you such an advantage and increase your productivity.

6) Negotiating–

In our adult lives we often find it hard to negotiate for ourselves. If you want to accomplish anything of significance you’re going to have to work with other people, for that you need to learn how not get taken advantage of.

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