Getting to Grips With Adult Life: A Guide
Throughout our early lives, we’re nourished, guided and led through junior school, secondary school and university by dedicated tutors and teachers, as well, of course, as our parents. But when we leave home and institutions for good and are forced to stand on our own two feet, we can find the experience daunting and difficult to navigate. With a sympathetic view, this article aims to offer some support to young people entering adult life with a little bit of flustered chaos – helping them understand some key components to responsible grown-up living.
First, you’re going to have to manage your cash. The bank of mum and dad may be still available, in the corner of your eye, but it is something that you should only use as a last resort. In the meantime, establishing financial independence will fill you with pride and hope – a key element to your adult future. The advice here is to budget weekly as well as monthly and to ensure you’re earning more than you’re spending. Set up a saver’s account, use a credit card to increase your credit rating, and get insurance on your valuable products. Easy as that – you’re all financially secure.
Once ferried around by your parent’s car, then taken to school or college on a special bus, it can be difficult to adjust to taking yourself around independently once you’re living alone. Whether you choose to purchase a bicycle for shorter journeys or commutes, or a car for longer ones, you should ensure you’re responsible for how you’re getting around. Take automatic driving lessons in order to qualify to take to the roads – something you’ll find is important, even if you only rent a car a couple of times a year for holidays, house moves, or simply to enjoy your local countryside.
Millennials and other young people can feel rightly aggrieved at the lack of affordable housing available to them in the post-2008 austerity years. Renting instead of buying, and sharing instead of living alone or with a partner, young people have had to adapt with the changing economic times. Still, this is no excuse for living like a slob: responsible home life gives birth to increasingly responsible personal lives, so it’s incredibly important that you live well and non-precariously in order to give yourself the best account in all other parts of your life.
You may have grown up with a dream job in mind, but for the vast majority of people, it’s not as simple as graduating and heading into a dream role at their favourite institution. You have to do the hard graft to get there. As you’ll find as you work towards your goals, experience is absolutely everything: it teaches you how to act, what to think, and how to promote your own ideas and expertise in the workplace. Holding down a job is a crucial element to this – and you should be prepared to put in the hours in lowly positions before you find your true calling in a job.
These tips are written to help young people achieve the fundamentals of adulthood, offering advice to help them secure a more vibrant future.