What skills should every adult have

31 skills that every adult should master

The 18th birthday is a milestone for many. But what do you actually have to be able to or know in order to get off to a successful start in your life as an officially adult?

This question is not that easy to answer. Because unfortunately there is no kind of instruction manual for the “world of the great”. Ok, most of you should know that at least as much money has to come in as you spend to make ends meet. Hopefully everyone should also be aware of the fact that a pink sweater is a total “no-go” in a job interview. Yet there is uncertainty on many fronts. And little pitfalls lurk everywhere.

That's why we sat down at Business Insider and created our own instructions for use, which should provide a little help. In it we list all the skills that you should have as an adult in order to find your way around the world better and perhaps to avoid one or the other mistake. It is essentially based on a discussion in the “Quora” online forum. Of course, we also obtained expert opinions elsewhere. And of course, the list is by no means exhaustive. But maybe you can think of one or the other skill that you should definitely master at the age of 18 - and later anyway.

31 skills that every adult should master

31 skills that every adult should master

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  • 1. Who is going to blow up? One should be able to listen to criticism in peace

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  • 2. No hypocrisy! You should be able to apologize credibly

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  • 3. Smart time management is a basic requirement

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  • 4. Save time with keyboard shortcuts

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  • 5. Being able to say “no” from time to time - but please be polite!

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  • 6. Show empathy!

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  • 7. Pay attention to your body language - it sometimes reveals more than you would like

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  • 8. Make friends of different people

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  • 9. Can you sew a button on? No? But you should

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  • 10. Foreign languages ​​help you advance - professionally and privately

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  • 11. Please do not overdraw your account

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  • 12. A little Photoshop know-how can't hurt

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  • 12. Learn to be alone for a few days

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  • 14. Have you ever given a speech in front of an audience?

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  • 15. Negotiating confidence gets you further

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  • 16. Cooking skills increase market value

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  • 17. You should master the fine art of small talk

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  • 18. Back up your data. Always and everywhere!

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  • 19. Don't be afraid to ask for help

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  • 20. Data, of course! But please correct

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  • 21. Please come to the interview properly dressed

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