So you’ve graduated college. Now what? You go on and get a job and live happily ever after. The learning part of your life is done, right? Wrong. You worked hard for your college degree, but that didn’t prepare you for the real world. Your parents never taught you how to write a check because who uses checks anymore. Your high school never taught you how to do your taxes because they were busy teaching to the standardized tests. Sure, you learned how to sew on a button in that Life Skills class you took back in eighth grade, but when and how are you supposed to learn how to apply for a mortgage or even how much water you’re supposed to drink every day?
If you search for the hashtag #adulting on social media sites, you will find all kinds of people celebrating mundane things like making their own ramen while folding laundry. That’s great, but that’s not really what adulting is. You have to learn soft skills to be a better employee- that Dean’s List designation on your diploma is worthless once you get into the real world.
So how do you brush up on your soft skills if there isn’t a class for that? The answer is to develop a love of lifetime learning. Approach every day as an opportunity to learn something new. Follow the news. Read books. Go on trips. Develop a healthy work-life balance. Learn how to manage your time more efficiently. Learn how to set goals and follow through with them. Exercise, eat right, and get plenty of rest. It sounds boring and even obvious, but many people don’t know how to do these things if someone isn’t telling them to do so.
Adulting isn’t just about folding laundry and eating ramen in your apartment. It’s about challenging yourself to be a better version of you every day. Employers want job candidates who can work with others and challenge the status quo, but you didn’t exactly have that class in college. Now is the time to learn. Above all else, learn to persevere through hardships. There will be ups and downs, but think of them as challenges that you will overcome.It’s up to you to make those changes in yourself so you can become the adulting superstar your career and your life needs you to be. Learn more about adulting from this infographic!