Before your children leave the house for college or a job in the workforce, acquiring certain life skills will set them up for success. Some you can teach them, while others they may learn in the digital world. The following are just a few skills you can teach them:
Everyone knows ramen is the platform of the college student's food pyramid. But it doesn't have to be. While a well-prepared meal is something your teens have taken for granted, teach them how to prepare some of their favorite meals, and they'll thank you for it in the long run.
Make sure they know their way around a kitchen and how to use specialized kitchen tools like a heavy-duty slicer for meats and cheeses.
Teach them how to sear, braze and season with precision. Make sure they know how much they can save if they pack their own lunch with home-prepared sandwiches compared with purchased food from cafes. If your teens know their way around a kitchen, they'll also be able to land a job at a restaurant or deli easier than if they live off ramen in their dorm room.
Second LanguageThe United States is quickly becoming a multilingual country. Whether you know a second language or not, make sure your kids study a second language throughout school and into college. Those who enter the workforce with proficiency in a second language can expect a 10 to 15 percent pay increase.
An estimated 25,000 jobs in interpretation are estimated to be created between 2010 and 2020, a growth rate of 42 percent, according to CNN, and this market doesn't include the military.
Sixty-six percent of recruiters in North America agreed that proficiency in a second or third language will increase in importance over the next 10 years. People who are bilingual have more opportunities and typically make more money than those who aren't.
Give your children a head start and encourage them if they enjoy linguistics and languages.
College Isn't for EveryoneSome jobs don't require a second language or even a college degree. W
ith the digitization of everyday life, social media managers, marketers and freelance writers have more opportunities than ever before. Well-written content and concise messages are in high demand.
You don't necessarily need a college degree for a job as a freelance writer or a social media marketer. However, you do need writing skills for both jobs.
Some writers are better editors than others, but freelance writers and social media gurus should at least be decent editors of their own work. A love of writing is essential for this career path. If your teens have a love for the written word, encourage them to research either of these jobs.
While Instagram, Twitter and Facebook can seem like a waste of time, many businesses and corporations pay good money for a well-managed account and concisely written copy.
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