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4 Skills Every Young Adult Should Know (But Don’t)

The world would be a much better place if someone hands us a complete book on adulting right after we turn 18. Unfortunately, that is not the case. We have to venture the paths of being an adult ourselves. And it’s different for everyone.


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With that being said, there are universal aspects across all humans when it comes to adulting. So for this article, let’s jump into 4 skills that every young adult does not necessarily know, but should.


1. Cooking.

I used to view cooking very lightly. Just turn on the stove, toss some edible stuff out, and you’re good to go, right? Well, while of course cooking is not rocket science, it is a delicate skill itself, not just to cook, but to plan your meal as a whole.


adult woman cooking in the kitchen


In terms of cooking is a skill that every young adult should know, I don’t mean you need to be the greatest chef of all time. You just need to master some basic recipes that you can easily adapt depending on the ingredients you have on hand.


Cooking, done effectively, can significantly reduce your expenses on food, and lead you to eat whole meals more frequently, which is healthier. What does it mean by done effectively? By deliberately planning your meal; organizing your meal once for a whole week, and shopping ingredients accordingly. Again, sounds daunting, but this article here covers everything you need to know to ensure your meal planning goes more smoothly.



2. Budgeting.

The first step of financial management is not investing or saving your money. It’s budgeting; ensuring that your expenses do not go over your income.


Sounds simple, but as I said in a previous Crunch article, there is a lot of psychology revolving around money. It’s easy to fall into loopholes in budgeting, such as using credit cards excessively or borrowing money from others carelessly.


woman doing essential skills of budgeting


The tendency is understandable, but we must be responsible for our finances. If we’re not disciplined enough to even budget, we may have a hard time doing other things. Not to say borrowing money and swiping credit cards is totally wrong. Just before doing that, remember what you need to do in the first place; do not let your expenses go over your income.



3. Socializing and making friends.

Newsflash, socializing, and making friends are actually skills! I know it’s weird, it does not feel like a skill. And to an extent, that is true; humans are social in nature.


Nevertheless, our level of skills varies, and the aspects within the skills can also vary according to individuals. For example, one might be very good at engaging in small talks, but not that good when the talk gets deeper.


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This is what we need to learn. Recognize who we are socially; what are we good or not good at, what activities we are comfortable with, what areas of socialization that we may need to brush up on, and how do we convert an acquaintance to a friend.


As an adult, the greatest method to meet new people is to join a club, keep an open mind, and meet others who share your interests; this will broaden your learning opportunities. Once you’ve met someone you’d want to be friends with, stay in touch with them, make plans with them, and show an interest in them.



4. Time and task management.

As we progress in adulthood, our responsibilities increase, and the tasks within those responsibilities can be complex. Thus, we cannot solely rely on our brain to remember due dates, important anniversaries, the flow of work, and others. It is time for you to learn and develop your own task and management.


It’s different for everyone. Some may prefer the classic planner. Others may resort to having separate notebooks for separate occasions. Then, some like to put everything on a giant whiteboard. Some like to use apps and software all the time.


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If you’re new to this, it may take time for a while to try and find out which style suits you the best. Once you get the one that sticks, your life will start sailing a lot smoother. With that being said, your style should not be too rigid either, i.e., it must be flexible enough to accommodate changes in your lifestyle from time to time.
Here are some application suggestions for you to get started. I personally use this and it really makes a lot of planning easier for me.


    • Trello: Trello is the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to organize projects. Within a board, you can create lists, and within lists, you can create cards. On those cards, you can put labels, due dates, checklists, and attachments. (Not including their Power-Ups!)
    • Google Calendar: Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling calendar service, allowing users to create and edit events. If you don’t fancy creating your own event, you can integrate other calendars into Google Calendar as well.
    • Todoist: it may look like a simple to-do list app, but you can assign labels, priority, due dates, sub-tasks, and even comments to a task!



So there you have it, 4 skills every young adult should start to know already. I know, we all have that time when we are so burnt out as adults, that we fantasize about going back to our childhood, free of worries and stress. Well, the thing is, when we were children, we were taken care of by a lot of adults around us; parents, teachers, neighbours, etc.


As we grow older, the number of people that are responsible for us decreases. And as we turn into full-fledged adults, we are solely responsible to take care of ourselves. We are forced to be aware of every single thing that makes us functional and to juggle all of that in a harmonious balance. No wonder we are out just for simple activities from time to time.


So do not beat yourself up too much if you find yourself not mastering these skills yet. You’re a human and you’re not perfect. Put personal development as a mindset, always be open to improving yourself. All the best!


For further reading on the topic of essential skills as a young adult, check out this article on I Wish I Knew These Things Before Moving Out.

An introvert writer since 2009. Writes about personal growth, psychology & looking at life from a different perspective. Enjoys a lazy evening watching YouTube on the cozy bed.

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