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Skills Every 20 Something Should Master


Early 20s can be a confusing time. While you have just entered the legal age of driving, own a diploma, may be a job and also the ability to finally say ‘no’ to people, it is yet a phase where you have lots to learn before you can call yourself an adult. There are still lots of things that need to be worked out.

When you are in your 20s, it is common to feel lost or discouraged often. It’s a time of great opportunity, but it’s also a time of great uncertainty. You might not know exactly what your career path will be like, or whether you can find the perfect guy.

When you are a 20 something, you know you need to be mature because you have grown up. Just because you are out of school and you’ve got a shiny new Bachelor degree hanging on your wall doesn’t mean that you’ve got everything figured out. There’s still much to learn. Here are 10 life skills every 20-something should master.

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Learning new languages has become a prerequisite for cracking job interviews. Companies love to hire people who can cross different cultures and languages. Knowing various languages can give a competitive edge over other applicants going for the same job. Because travel has become a part of all top work profiles and knowledge of a foreign language makes travel easier.

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Most successful people know when to say yes and most importantly when to say no. The skill of saying no and yes at the right time to the right things is something that needs to be mastered. The earlier the better. It’s not complex. It’s simply trusting your gut and having the strength and wisdom to follow its lead. It could be as simple as consistently saying yes to going to bed at the right time and saying no to that next round of drinks.

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Bookmark few websites and stay informed

With all the screen time we indulge in every day, there is no excuse for not knowing what is going on in the world. Bookmark a few news sites, or sign up for an email news service. You don’t have to become an expert overnight. In fact, no one can be an expert on all subjects. But knowledge is key in every walk of life.

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Your 20s are the perfect time to hone your personal finance skills. If you are able to average a 10 percent return on your savings every year, you will have saved a lot of money by the time you are in your 60s.

Being able to budget, have your finances in order, and have a solid credit history will set you up for things like buying a car, investing, and owning a house. Maybe these things seem daunting, but it is never too early to start preparing.

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From coping with a breakup, to getting turned down by a company you really wanted to work for, your 20s will be rife with rejections big and small. But this is the age when rejection is something that can turn out to be really difficult to cope with. However, you must learn to come out of it and move forward.


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Some people have a natural charisma and ease in front of a crowd. They give brilliant speeches, sometimes even impromptu. They are blessed with a natural gift for public speaking. But not everyone can do that. However, public speaking skill is something everyone should master, to excel in career. Working on the skill beforehand will project an air of confidence and expertise.

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No matter what career field you choose to take, you can always improve the way you speak and write. And if you have started your conversation in the right way, you will end up grabbing all attention. If you dare to strike up a discussion with the person next to you, you might very well end up with a new friend, a business connection, or some novel insights on an old topic. Think about ways to challenge yourself and tweak how you write an email or behave in a meeting.

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“The effective use of body language plays a key role in effective leadership communication,” says Carol Kinsey Goman, author of The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work.

Various studies suggest that people are more often influenced by how they feel about you than by what you are saying. So work on your body language skills.

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Your parents did the best they could with the skills and parenting examples they had. Don’t blame them for the choices you make. They are also human beings and it is human to err. Be an adult and take charge of your life. Take responsibility for your actions.

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Don’t rely on your mom, your girlfriend, or your roommate to feed you. Cooking is one skill every one of us should know. Be self-sufficient and learn how to cook a dish or two. Knowing how to cook for yourself is impressive and will help save you money in the long run. You don’t have to compete in master chef, but this will help you to be independent.