The Things That will make you know you’re officially an adult

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Of all the things we were taught in school or by our parents, the biggest thing was that there is no real moment in time where you truly know you’re an adult. Physically, you could get to 80 years old but still feel mentally as you did at 21. 

However, there are some real home truths that will remind you that you’ve made it to adulthood on a daily basis that will have you thinking ‘yeah, OK, I guess I’m an adult now…’ 

If you read some of these things below and find yourself agreeing aloud- welcome to the crew. You made it. It’s OK, really…

You Got Bills (and mortgage, tax, insurance, car maintenance)

When you were a kid and starting to look at jobs you may have looked at jobs and thought of all the wonderful and fun things you could buy with a $18k salary after you left college. But for an adult facing the stark reality that if you want to keep a roof over your head, $18k really isn’t going to get you very far at all. That’s a harsh reality of adulthood–your entry level job may not give you the lifestyle you wanted. You get your salary in your bank and then it’s stolen by rent, utilities, your car, and then you’re left with pennies at the end of the month. Having too much month at the end of the money is one of the biggest signs that you’ve unlocked the adult achievement. 

You Relish The Thought of Being On Your Own 

You work hard all day and then might spend time crammed up against people on the train on the way home so the thing you crave most is being on your own. Kids hate the idea of doing anything on their own, but by the time adulthood comes, you feel lucky if you can spend a few hours  on your day off at https://www.laurelridgeexperience.com/golf-course rather than having to do boring things like clean your car or go grocery shopping. Dull! 

When a spouse and/or kids come along — you can forget it! 

You Can Eat Whatever You Like–But You Don’t 

If you have kids, then you know that if you ask them ‘What do you want to eat?’ they will reply with a list of all of the things that scream ‘blood pressure meds’ or ‘high blood sugar’. Yes, you’re in charge of the grocery shop now, but you know that if you eat like a literal child let loose in the candy shop your aged body will not thank you. Eating poorly as you get older will make you realize exactly why your mom would enforce the occasional broccoli floret on your fork as you navigate through dental and medical bills to boot.

All in all, the realization that you have become an adult isn’t so bad. You get to earn your own money, eat what you want and drive a car- what could be better than that?

Building The Skills Of Tomorrow In Your Spare Time

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Over the last few decades, the world has changed an awful lot. With the emergences of microchips and digital technology, the tools which humans have available have evolved dramatically, and this is shaping the way that businesses work. Unfortunately, though, with the world developing so quickly, there is always a shortage of those with the skills to work with the machines being built. To help you to fill this niche, securing yourself the potential to have a far more interesting future, this post will be exploring some of the key skills which are going to become useful in the coming years.

Programming

You can have the most powerful computer in the world, but it will be completely useless if you don’t have any software to run on it. These machine rely heavily on code to keep running properly, making it increasingly difficult for companies to manage their own devices without having developers on the team. Learning a skill like programming isn’t too challenging, as long as you’re prepared to dedicate a good amount of time to it. There are loads of resources around the web which can help you with this, but it is also worth keeping in mind that it’s very hard to break a computer, even when you’re dealing with the scripts which keep it running.

Engineering

Computers aren’t the only area which is improving in business, though, and it’s also worth thinking about the hardware which keeps the building going. Modern products almost always use electronics over mechanisms, nowadays, making even the simplest of tools into a complex web of wires which most people won’t understand. Getting your hands on some heat shrink tubing, a wire kit, and an arduino should be plenty to start you out on the road towards becoming an electrical engineer. While you may not have a formal certificate to show that you can work with small devices, you will have the real-world experience which will matter in work.

Communication

While a lot of businesses are looking for ways to replace their human teams with computers and robots, there are certain jobs which will always have to be handled by people. Communication is one of them, but this skill is changing along with tech. Live chat, VoiP calls, and emails all play a significant role in modern business, and being able to use them effectively can make a real difference to the people you’re working for. This sort of skill is best learned through practice, but this is nice and easy to find if you talk to people often enough.

Building skills which will help you in later life can be a real challenge. It’s hard to predict what will be necessary over the next few years, and more and more people are looking for ways to improve themselves like this. Of course, though, it’s worth taking a chance when you have the opportunity to prepare yourself for the future, even if it means you have to work hard in the process.

Why College Has Lost Its Mojo

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Someone recently asked me, “If you could go back and give yourself advice what would it be?

My response: drop out of college

With a perplexed reaction to my comment, I began to explain:

A college degree isn’t worth much anymore…just ask your next employer. Experience matters, where you got your degree from doesn’t. The sad reality is most college grads take a job outside of their major and spend the next 5 or so years working just to pay off student loans.

Also college doesn’t teach “real world” skills. I spoke to USC freshmen and sophomores in a career workshop before and said the 3 most important skills to learn in college are: networking, gaining experience (usually through an internship) and learning how to sell (product, services and yourself). Ironically, those tasks aren’t taught in college unless you take advantage of resources as a student.

Lastly, flexibility is the new definition of success. Money isn’t as valuable as controlling your time. Millennials are the most entrepreneurial generation because they want to make an impact and be happy doing it. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Kevin Rose prove college isn’t for everyone.

Trade schools and incubators are on the rise because if you have an idea that can potentially make a lot of money, why put it towards an education that doesn’t translate to much? As a Bachelor’s & Master’s degree holder, I may sound like a hypocrite, but if I could do it all over again I’d pass college and jump directly into entrepreneurship.