According to UNICEF head Henrietta H Fore, by 2030, about 53% of students in INDIA will leave secondary school without being equipped enough with the necessary skills to get through the 21st century. As much as the Indian education system is at fault for an outdated curriculum and lack of proper training for the students in schools, we will be equally responsible if we do not make the appropriate use of the internet and digitalisation. As Albert Einstein quoted, ‘ Intellectual growth should commence at birth and only cease at death.‘, learning new skills for a better life has become more important than ever.
Skills like artificial intelligence, business development, marketing, etc., are beneficial in this techie world. However, explicit skills have been seldom discussed, especially in the young domain that came in handy from time to time. On that note, we present you with five highly underrated skills for a better life that you need to learn right away.
A survey conducted by Cigna TTK Health Insurance says that 89% of the Indian Population reportedly confessed that they are stressed regularly. It is a bit higher than the global rate, which stands at 86%. Not surprisingly, highly stressed individuals are between 18 – 25 years of age. While the factors contributing to stress are mostly the same, such as overwhelming responsibilities, facing significant changes, overthinking, unemployment, being under lots of pressure, etc., the lockdown has made it even tougher. So, how to deal with this stress regularly? A wise woman once said, “ I don’t care!” and she lived happily ever after. Though not caring about things is a tempting option, music, talking with others, Deep breathes, healthy eating, avoiding alcohol and drugs are proven to work for mild to moderate stress. High-level stress needs long-term ailments where Meditation, Mindful Relaxation, Journaling, etc., do the cause. In extreme cases, it is better to seek professional help with counselling and therapy sessions. So, if you need a peaceful life, this is a particular skill to master.
Have you ever wondered how some speakers are highly engaging while others barely keep you awake during their lectures? It is the art of public speaking that creates the distinction. Public speaking is not only about being able to speak confidently in front of hundreds but also being able to express yourself in the best way possible. Stage fright, Inferiority Complex, Fear of being judged, mediocre language skills, etc., sum up to the pyramid that inhibits you from putting your thoughts into words. This pyramid, at any cost, must be broke with a hammer called ‘Learning this skill’. Know that when you are heard better, you are understood better. It is just you who are limiting yourself from spreading your wings. The best way to master this skill is to practice. Talk to yourself in front of the mirror with you being both listener and the speaker. Record your videos of speaking and analyse your mistakes. Let your personality come through. Not a single captive speaker out there does not practice their way to the stage with an open mic. So, if you are an introvert and struggling to express yourself, here’s a skill to master.
We, as humans, are obligated to have conflicting opinions regarding various things. That’s what makes us unique. However, often it is essential to reach a common ground between two opposing thought processes to make things work, be it a business deal or a relationship. Have you ever dealt with anyone with an entirely different POV and be able to convince them to get your work done? If yes, how many times of that is without an argument? That’s precisely the reason why you should add this latest skill to your list of things to master. This is a real-time classroom course. There is a lot of information on the internet about Delegation and Negotiation skills. So, if you want to win over people without emotions on the platter, do check this new skill out.
How many of you have seen resumes starting with the line ” A highly organised individual….. ” ?. These are pretty common. Everyone wishes to be organised, but most of us don’t know where or how to start. Remember, in school, how do we pack our bags with the books we need on that particular day according to the timetable? It is pretty much what we need to do now. Set up a daily routine, add tasks to your TO-DO list, rank them priority wise Check them out as you finish each task, and stay productive. As simple as that appears, you need to put in the effort to make things work as planned. There are adequate apps that can be of assistance in this region. Well, you can never go wrong with a pocket diary and a pen. Other than these, bullet journals, post-it notes, Refrigerator Magnet lists are some simple yet creative options to consider. So, what’s keeping you from showing off your organisational skills?
Salary is like the refrigerator at your home. No matter how big it is, it is never enough. It is last but not the least, a skill that this blog shrines light upon. This skill particularly needs emphasis because it’s no secret that a degree cannot guarantee you a job or pay. The salary you receive at the end of the month is hard-earned for 30 days, and you don’t want to spend it all in a few days. So, to restrict yourself from paying a specific portion of your salary is a skill to master. Also, you have several ways to spend or invest it wisely, knowing which can be a valuable asset for your future planning. It is never too late to start saving and investing. And, it never hurts to have a few extra bucks in hand whenever you wish to treat yourself. So, try and get some appropriate knowledge on this life-saving skill and don’t be late to apply it.
In contrast to popular opinion, skills are not genetic or inherited. They are cultivated with practice and mastered with Persistence.
As Mark Zuckerberg says, “Done is better than perfect,” as long as you don’t stop doing them.
This World Youth Skills Day, let yourself adapt these new skills for a better life.
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About The Author
Padmasahiti identifies herself like other Indian girls, trying new things and exploring life. She loves reading. Being an introvert, she lets her writings speak for herself. Being a Limitless Stree member, she could come out of her comfort zone and navigate her skills. Through this blog, she aims to inspire women to never give up and help and encourage each other.