5 Life Skills We Should Have Been Taught in School
Because not all of us know how to file for an SSS loan.
(SPOT.ph) Most people spend about 13 to 17 years in school, but even that’s not enough to prepare us for adulting. To be perfectly honest, we sometimes wish there was a whole subject back then dedicated to all the important life skills we’d need after graduation. Here are a few topics we think should be a major part of every “adulting class”:
1. Taking care of our mental health.
The Philippine Mental Health Act is only now moving towards approval (in 2018!), but mental health care techniques like meditation and exercise could’ve been taught to us as children. This would have helped us recognize the need for mental health care, as well as break the stigma around it.
2. Studying skills.
School taught that studying was important. That’s funny, because researchers found that high school students tend to forget 95% of what they learn in class. A few lessons on how to study better and retain more information would have been useful.
3. Filing for loans.
Going into debt might seem scary, but loans come in handy for a lot of things that push life forward, like starting a business or getting higher education. You can eliminate risks by following a few key guidelines to taking out a loan from the SSS or other institutions – but that’s not something your homeroom advisor really talks about, is it?
4. How to set up passive income.
No one wants to be working all their lives, right? But that’s what school trains you for, mostly. There aren’t any real lessons on how to make your money do all the work instead, like through investments and trading stocks, among other things. Classes on how to keep earning past retirement should be a mandatory part of the curriculum.
5. Financial management.
We spend more than a decade of our lives developing skills that earn us money, but we hardly ever have classes on what to do with it! Having a financial partner like AXA Philippines guiding us on the four principles of financial planning (health, education, income protection, and retirement) would have been helpful at school. With their help, you can stay financially stable, no matter what life throws at you.
Of course, it’s never too late to get the education you need. After all, who says you have to stop learning after graduation?