how to help students become successful adults – pt. one

*This isn’t meant to be a “how to get kids to college” post – each human being has a different path in life and sometimes that path may or may not include college. This is more about the things I have noticed that were or would’ve been beneficial to me as a student in high school to prepare me for life after living with parents.*

Growing up and going to high school in Small Town U.S.A, I am so grateful for the many tidbits of advice my past teachers implemented into their every-day lessons. Thinking back to the many life-lessons I learned from my some of my favorite teachers/people made me fully aware of how necessary it is for our students to have the ability, or at least the option, to take classes that are critical in day-to-day life as a working adult. For a lot of schools, some of these classes are available as electives, while some might not be offered at all in others, but should definitely be reconsidered for the betterment of the future generations. Subjects that can be useful no matter what career path our students take should be at least optional in today’s school system, and here are a few I believe should be on that list!

Mental Health

The pressures placed on students today are growing and don’t look they will be stopping any time soon; the competition for places in university, for jobs, and for successful careers are instilled in our students at a very young age. With the ever-increasing percentage of people with mental illnesses in the U.S. alone, preparing our students with the tools and knowledge to not only recognize the signs within themselves, but others as well, can drastically change the stigma associated with these illnesses. Preparing students with the ability to talk to others showing signs of mental distress and illness can revolutionize the suicide epidemic as well as the perfectionism students are battling every day.

Nutrition

I am a big believer in teaching about food from the inside out – the vitamins and nutrients provided by foods and herbs, the health benefits, and learning how to make meals to provide oneself with their daily needs. Calories, carbs, and sugars are great to understand when it comes to how our body processes and utilizes them, but it’s not essential. Teaching our students how they can eat well with veggies and herbs to fuel their body – with the primary focus being getting the proper nutrients – can aid in the age of diseases and cancers. Preventative measures are always the best option!

Resumes, Interviews, and Workplace Professionalism

Professionalism is being lost in many regards due to the lack of knowledge of what it looks like – I mean, when is the last time a “take your kid to work day” has happened? Honestly, this is so important for the future leaders and business workers of the world to grasp at a young age – positive self-marketing (via resumes and job interviews) and how to hold oneself in a workplace. What is and isn’t appropriate during work hours and the standard code of conduct most jobs base their employment off of are essentials for students to learn as they will soon be entering the workplace . Almost all students will have a job at one point or another, and learning to build a positive workplace reputation will benefit them for competitive jobs in the long run.

Interpersonal Communication

On top of knowing the basics of resumes, interviews, and workplace behavior, learning how to communicate effectively one-on-one or within small groups is fundamental to being a good team player AND leader. Teaching students the basics of productive conflict-resolution communication and how to build trust and positivity within a workplace is an investment that will in-turn mold successful and respected employees.

Tune in later this week for Part Two – four more subjects that our students should be taught in school! Do you have any subjects you feel would be beneficial in preparing students for life after high school? Leave a comment below!


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