Things that school doesn’t prepare you for

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Hello again,

Just a little disclaimer: this is not an attack on the school system, but a list of things that I feel would be useful for schools to teach. I don’t think that schools should babysit us, it’d just be nice to be taught about life after school and not just about quotes from Shakespeare’s plays and how to use Pythagorus. I’m sure I could have written a list twice this size, but here are some things that school doesn’t prepare you for.

Being self-employed

Luckily my family have already loaded me up with information about expenses and tax and all of the wonderful things that accompany working for yourself. My mum even had to sit with me when I applied to become self-employed online. It’s a bit embarrassing that I got to being 20 years old without knowing the first thing about self-employment. It would have been so useful if schools talked about working for yourself as an option instead of banging on about uni all of the time.

Invoices

I didn’t actually learn what an invoice was until I got my first job in social media and my boss told me to sent him an invoice at the end of the month. Even now my invoices are the most basic things I’ve ever written. If you’re ever thinking about taking on some freelance work or running your own business, I’d definitely give ‘invoices’ a little Google because I’d barely heard of the word before I got to uni.

Jobs of the future

I don’t really know what to call this but when I went to school, only a few years ago, the only careers that were really talked about was teaching and law and nursing and all those other jobs that schools think are the best options. There’s no disrespect in working in those industries, but it would’ve been really nice to talk about jobs that are quite new or just different from the norm I suppose. When I told my teachers I was going to study journalism at uni, the only thing they’d talk about would be newspapers. Anything about blogging or PR or social media was dismissed despite school supposedly ‘preparing you for jobs that don’t even exist now’. Yes, they actually said that…

Politics

I don’t know if this is the same for all schools, but my schools NEVER talked about politics. I always remember teachers being fearful of revealing with political party they support. Although I wouldn’t have wanted to anyone to force their views on me, I would have really appreciated some information about voting and what each party stands for. It worries me that people are leaving school without knowing a lot about their own country’s political system and government.

Social media

In school social media was always talked about as if it was some form of evil. All that was talked about was internet safety and not talking to strangers. Whilst this information is useful and 100% necessary, it would be good to teach people about the uses of social media too. Social media is actually the reason I earn money so I find the thought of it being portrayed in a negative way in schools stings me a bit. Without Twitter a lot of people wouldn’t access news and without Instagram a lot of people wouldn’t know what a Boomerang is. Think about it.

Money

Managing money, earning money, the value of money, rent, tax, mortgages, savings… money in general needs to be talked about openly or people are going to leave school not having a clue. I appreciate that your teacher isn’t your mum but a little guidance wouldn’t hurt.  I’m really good at managing money and consider myself to be self-sufficient but I really wish that school offered me more support in that department – I don’t even have an overdraft…

As always, thank you for reading!

I didn’t have a bad time at school and in some ways I learned things that have actually really helped me. Maybe Theresa May will read this and realise that young people need to be more well informed before they leave school…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

 

 

How do I motivate myself?

Hi!

To me it is clear that especially with the current technological advances, our population has become lazy and unmotivated. We have lost the will to become productive and have fallen into a pit of procrastination. How can we rescue ourselves?

Step One: Ask yourself uplifting questions

When your sleeping is disrupted by the ungraceful chiming of your alarm clock, arise with optimism by asking yourself questions that will contribute constructively to your agenda for the day ahead of you. For example, won’t  the question “what can I do to make myself happy?” encourage us all to de-clutter our bedrooms and eat healthily? Without a positive attitude, tasks will become a bore and will take a lot longer to complete.

Step Two: Begin with the toughest task

What are you dreading the most today? If you manufacture a list of your desired achievements for the day, do the washing up first! If you prioritise this task then you won’t have to think about it after its completion and will feel increasingly elated about completing the rest of your tasks as the knowledge of the first hurdle being overcome lifts a metaphorical weight lifted from your shoulders. There is no point in leaving the worst until last, you’ll make excuses to never get round to it. Also, the confidence boost from your success will give you the self assurance that you can satisfyingly cross out everything else on your daily to-do list.

Step Three: Don’t fear any failure

If you allow yourself to fail a task, there is absolutely no need to punish yourself or become weighted down by the experience. Instead, it should motivate you to perform better and stronger at any next opportunity. If at first you always succeeded, you would never learn or grown; this means that you would end up depriving yourself of the opportunity to develop as a person and progress in life.

Step Four: Enjoy all that you do

Whilst the majority or tasks, chores or challenges will appear daunting or just simply boring, it’s wise to find yourself a form of entertainment. It’s much less painful and draining to complete something whilst you don’t hate having to do it. Whether it’s just colour coding your lists or singing to your garden weeds, remember that most aspects of life can be enjoyed and being bored is never necessary.

Step Five: Step out of your comfort zone

Through challenging yourself you will be permitting your life skills to develop and adapt to a variety of different situations. By trying new things, experimenting and changing your routine you will be able to discover talents and competencies that you never nee you had. This will give you the confidence to pus the boundaries of all that you are used to.

Thank you for reading!

Let me know what you do to motivate yourself…