Top 5 Things College Didn't Teach Me
Remember graduating from college? How all of the professors told you that the world was literally at your fingertips and all you had to do was go a get it? Remember how you worked so hard for the most expensive piece of paper you will ever buy (and a good education!)? I've been out of school now for almost eight months, and I'm now realizing college didn't teach me everything I needed to know to be a good job candidate, or function in "adult" society. These are my top five things college didn't teach me.
1. College didn't teach me technology skills.
While I am young and know how to use technology, social media, and all things internet, I really struggle with two major components of what many jobs in my field are asking for- coding and video editing. I studied public relations and sport management, so you would think that video editing would be a handy class to be required of students seeing as how public relations uses videos for campaigns. Well, I am now teaching myself how to shoot and edit videos. The other thing with technology college didn't teach me was coding. I am finding that the more I look at job applications they require some public relations jobs to have knowledge of HTML and CSS codes. I have no idea how any of that works. In fact, those classes weren't even offered to me. For many jobs I am now not applicable because of this.
2. How to actually pay back student debt.
Remember when they said it would be easy to get a job? For some it is, and for some it isn't. I'm in the "it isn't" group. I desperately want to work in sports. In fact, I've applied for international jobs because the job market for sports in my hometown in so small. I'm not here to complain, but I am here to say that college didn't teach me what to do if I didn't find a job within six months of graduating. I didn't take a business class or any sort of finance class, unless you count sport finance which was about stadium financing and team budgets. So what do I do when I can't make a full payment, don't want to be locked into a 25-year repayment plan, and can't be considered for forbearance because of my parents tax bracket? I have no idea. (This is where my mom stepped in to help. God bless moms all around the world dealing with post-grad breakdowns!)
3. What a GOOD resume and cover letter actually looks like.
During my four years in school, my university put a lot of emphasis on something called the STAR program, that I still have no idea what it actually does or how it benefits students. I completed the program because it was part of a curriculum for a class I took. Part of the program was to get your resume and cover letter approved. Both of mine got approved. But in the long run I realized how awful both documents actually were. There was no way I was getting a job with those. I was lucky enough to intern with a former ESPN contributor, who also hosts online workshops for cover letters and resumes. She checked everything for me, and I completely changed the format of the documents. I can't imagine what the resumes and cover letters of the students who didn't get another opinion. Sorry, STAR, you really didn't help us students very much.
4. How to pay taxes.
Taxes. I think that says it all.
5. How to cook for one.
This last one might just be me, but I really struggle cooking for one. In all honesty, I just struggle cooking at all sometimes. When it comes to cooking for one it's even worse. Without having a refrigerator full of left-overs that I probably won't eat, how do I cook for one? What is the right number of tacos for one person? (That limit does not exist by the way.) Where can I buy a box of spaghetti that's not made for six people? Why is cooking so hard anyways? Let's just say I hope my husband is good at cooking.
What are some things you wish college had taught you? Let me know in the comments. Like this post if you agree with any of my five things.
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