Seven Things I Wish They’d Taught Us At School

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School feels like a million years ago in adult time, since then I’ve been to university, left my retail job and entered the real world, rented a flat, bought a flat and tried so hard to save money without living without a life. School’s are there to educate us and help prepare us for later life but here are seven things I really wish they’d taught me during my school days.

Job Hunting

My school barely talked about jobs and careers when we were studying, even though we were there to get a foundation before going into the working world. In all honesty, I didn’t know a lot of the jobs that existed out there when I left school and was choosing my university subjects. I wish at school they’d have taught us where to look for jobs, how to apply for jobs and what skills and experience we may need for certain jobs. For example, a lot of the writers on my music site are in the sixth form or university and I wish I had begun that early but I didn’t know the options were there.

Crafting the perfect cover letter

Much like the above point, I wasn’t given guidance in writing covering letters, and while part time jobs we would have had at school wouldn’t have required them pretty much all ‘proper’ jobs do. It would have been nice to know what employers expect from a covering letter and the types of things you should cover as sometimes I just find myself talking about things from my CV then worrying that I’ve doubled up on things.

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What skills employers really look for

So many people go to university now and so many people do internships and work experience so how can you really stand out from other candidates in the job market? I’ve read that employers value travel as a lot of people learn things about themselves when travelling, but at school, it would have been nice to be taught the transferable skills which could be useful for employment.

Career progression

I’m still pretty unsure about career progression, to be honest, and am just winging my own job in regards to progressing but knowing how you can move around and what jobs and experience reflect later jobs would have been something really interesting and useful to know. I’ve heard about a lot of bloggers who have moved into jobs they love in PR, marketing, and social media directly off the back of their blogs which they ran alongside a more traditional job which I think is great, and knowing how these things all link is really important to know.

Filing your own taxes

This is something I couldn’t even find a huge amount of information about online and accountants just want you to pay them to do them for you. When I filed my very first tax return last year I had to bombard my friend with questions in the hope that I wouldn’t do anything wrong. So many people have to file tax returns from those who are full-time self-employed to those like me who run a blog and do some freelance work on the side of working full time. It’s scary how many people just think as they don’t earn much that they don’t have to declare it. Being told these things at school would have made such a difference.

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Mortgages and savings

What I know about mortgages has come from either my parents or a financial advisor but I wish I knew more earlier on. I was lucky enough to start saving for a deposit early in life, making decisions like staying at home during university to ensure that I got on the property ladder but with so many options such as rent to buy and shared ownership it can be a minefield. School’s are meant to set you up for life and I feel knowing about mortgages and savings would have been very important.

Pensions

Another minefield. I keep reading scary stats about how if I don’t save around £100 a month into my pension I won’t have enough to live on when I retire. Stats like this are very scary to read but I don’t really know enough about pensions without trying to seek out help to make any decisions, for example what are the different types of pensions, differences between private and those through work and how your money is managed/ when you recieve it.

What do you wish you were taught at school?
July 24, 2017
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31 Comments

  • Reply Cassandra Mayers

    I agree. So much wasn’t taught in schools. Also cooking, we got that for the first year and at mine it wasn’t an option to carry on. Instead they teach us things like how to spell number !! (i’m serious) !!

    July 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I completely agree! I feel there’s a big part of adulting that schools should teach us. Especially things like savings, mortgages, taxes etc x

    July 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Samantha Bye

    I really wish money management had been taught at school! I was very irresponsible in my teens and early 20s, so could have done with a few lessons on that.

    July 25, 2017 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Mummy Times Two

    I loved reading this post as I will be teaching a life skills curriculum next year. I will definitely take these things into account.

    July 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Yes I agree with all of these, I think for me budgeting is one I would add as well as I think that would be a great help to many.

    July 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Being Ashleigh

    I nodded my head at every single one of these points. I have never used pie or ratios in my life, but it would’ve been nice to learn about taxes and such!

    July 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    You have a point there. There are s many things lacking in today’s educational system including some life skills / lesson that we could all benefit from for example I know loads that don’t seem to be able to budget although it seems so simple.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    Yes to tax returns! Actually all of these points, things that would be really useful in the real world!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    I definitely think they need to teach us more about money, taxes and mortgages! xo

    July 26, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Becca Talbot

    Mortgage and savings is definitely something I’d wished they taught at school. In fact, I agree with all of these points 🙂 x

    July 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Afshan

    It’s totally a minefield, from start to finish and yes life skills are more useful than some things learnt at school. The most important thing I learnt was my time tables, which still come in handy!

    July 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Lauretta

    I totally agree with you on this, especially savings. This is something that should be taught early. I wonder why these life basics aren’t taught in school.

    July 26, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    I definitely agree with all of these, especially taxes! We did life skills lessons and we were told to write a cover letter once but never actually told how to and they weren’t even looked at for any help!

    July 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Yes to all of these. School doesn’t actually teach you how to get by with every day things and that’s where so many people are failing now. Money management would be helpful.

    July 27, 2017 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I wish they had a class titled ‘real life problems’ where they taught you how to save money, create tax forms and more! It would have prepared us more! x

    July 27, 2017 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Lynne Harper

    My school didn’t cover any of these, I was already working before I left so I was lucky but I missed the important bits for further into my career which I have had to research myself x

    July 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Jenni Grainger

    I wish school would have taught more about the job market, cvs, what employers really look for etc

    July 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I agree with all of your points above, the most important information that teenagers need is not given at school.

    July 27, 2017 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Mummy Times Two

    Such a great list, will definitely bear these in mind with my teacher head on.

    July 27, 2017 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Ayesha Farhad

    this is such a great list! Filing taxes and job hunting tips should be mandatory! Thankfully our school taught us how to write the perfect cover letter!

    July 28, 2017 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Anosa Malanga VA

    I feel you. Some things we wished that school taught us. Good thing we have good people around us who can help us about this matter. Also thanks to internet as well we can google anything now.

    July 28, 2017 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Jenny

    I totally agree, school prepares you to pass exams and not deal with life. I wish we had lessons on budgeting and cooking!

    July 28, 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    Anything money related would have been hugely helpful I think, we didn’t do anything at all around pensions, mortgages, savings and even things like changing fuses which we could have done in ICT instead of faffing with glue guns – maybe that was just me ha x

    July 28, 2017 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    I am surprised that the school did not have careers adviser that helps and gives all this advise. When my daughter was at school we had tremendous help and advise from the careers adviser who also hosted lots of talks and got ex students to come and talk about the careers they have got into and their pros and cons.

    July 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Candice Nikeia

    No Career advisers? That’s not ok! Glad you have taken the time to do your own research!

    July 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Cover letters are so important! I’m hiring at the moment and some cover letters are awful! xxx

    July 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Frosted Events

    Such a great list. I wish we had a lesson on cooking and badgeting.

    July 29, 2017 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    Wow. this is absolutely a great list and I will keep this on my mind. Glad that you share this with us

    July 29, 2017 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Lauretta

    I really hope they start teaching all of these in school now especially saving. We need to cultivate this habit at a very young age.

    July 31, 2017 at 12:36 am
  • Reply Jazmin Williams

    I could not agree more! And yet I still have no use for algebra…

    July 31, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Hayley

    I wish we’d been taught more about job searching, I was basically under the impression that if I went to university I would be able to get whatever job I wanted. That’s definitely not the case.

    July 31, 2017 at 3:51 pm
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