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Top 10 Skills that usually aren’t taught at school

10. Computer Science Capture d’écran 2014-08-18 à 08.42.50

With all the emphasis on learning to code these days, it’s hard to believe most schools aren’t teaching computer science.

9. Speed Reading

Being a speed reader doesn’t make you a genius or necessarily help you truly comprehend books more than everyone else, but speed reading techniques can still be useful to know.

8. Time Management Techniques

Time management courses are usually reserved for CEOs and upper management employees, but if there’s one thing a busy student or worker (of any age) needs to learn, it’s how to make the most of their limited time.

7. Study Skills (or Learning How to Learn)

The ultimate life hack is “learning how to learn.” As with time management, the best teachers incorporate study skills into their classes, but it’s not formally taught in all schools.

6. Basic Money Management

Teaching kids about money should start in the home, but, as you know, many of us weren’t fortunate enough to get that early personal finance education.

5. Survival Skills

Whether or not we’re headed towards a Zombie Apocalypse, some survival skills are good for everyone to learn (you never know when your car is going to break down in the woods, for example, or you have more modern/urban emergencies like someone breaking into your home).

4. Negotiation Skills

It’s amazing the number of times negotiation is needed in our lives—when we’re buying a car, trying to get our bills reduced, negotiating our salary, or even just trying to get our significant other to get pesky chores done.

3. Basic Self-Defense

One semester in high school, I was taught square dancing for gym class. I think basic self-defense moves would’ve served me better today.

2. Mental Health

Gym classes are meant to reinforce the importance of physical health, and school overall is there to strengthen our minds, but unless you’re taking a psychology class, chances are mental health doesn’t get explored much.

1. How to Apply for and Interview for a Job

If the point of school is to help prepare us for work and to become productive, successful citizens, then shouldn’t exploring our career options, interviewing for jobs, and writing effective resumes be part of our education?

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Top 10 Skills We Wish Were Taught in School, But Usually Aren’t.

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