Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I wish I had learned this back then...

With three kids in college, it got me thinking about things I know now that I didn’t know then but wish I had learned then.

1. How to be successful in an interview. Many colleges offer “mock” interviews now, but 30 years ago, they didn’t, at least not in the education department. Perhaps they did in the business department, though.
2. How to begin saving for retirement. It would have been so much better to learn it then than to wait until I was married with kids to figure things out.
3. Lessons about interest charges… credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, and so on. Again, maybe they did this in the business department, but I think it should be required to graduate.
4. How insurance works.
5. What a healthy relationship looks like.
6. How to solve a Rubik’s cube! Hahaha!
7. How to deal with difficult people. You shouldn’t have to wait until you’re on the job to learn some techniques to deal with the inevitable “unable-to-be-pleased” co-worker.
8. And along those same lines, conflict resolution.
9. What jury duty is REALLY like.
10. Self-defense – at least for females. I know that a lot of colleges offer these courses for women now.
11. The real-life consequences of not meeting deadlines. It’s not just a grade anymore.
12. How to set up a household.
13. How to find true happiness in your life!

I'm going to try to link up with Thursday Thirteen, but the website hasn't actually been active for a while.  Maybe I should restart it?

5 comments:

sandyland said...

I heartily agree

Heather said...

I'm sure a lot of people would agree with your list! My T13

Mia Celeste said...

Yep, I'm with you. There are so many things we all should of/ could of known or done. :)

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CountryDew said...

That's a good list. When I was in high school - 30+ years ago - some of those things were taught, but not many. I remember taking a class on money management. That should be required, along with parenting courses.

Very thought-provoking.

thebluemuse, phd said...

Excellent list! And yes, please do restart TT!

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