Did you know?
Research has shown that:
87% of British people don’t feel like they were adequately prepared for life as an adult, — saying they weren’t taught the life skills they needed before leaving full-time education. (Metro News)
These are things like :
- managing money,
- understanding relationships,
- preparing for a career,
- getting and looking after a home…
… things that have a huge bearing on someone’s potential for success in life.
Why don’t people learn life skills?
There are 2 main places where people typically learn life skills:
Life skills are not always covered by schools, and education systems worldwide are experiencing intense pressure following the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is changing, however there are generations of people who may have missed out on the opportunity to learn grown-up skills.
According to CBI, about 1 in 4 young adults don’t feel prepared by education for the world of work, let alone the world itself.
Surveys have also shown that nearly half of parents don’t feel equipped to teach their children important life skills.
There are also:
- 2.9 million single parent families in the UK,
- 80,000 children in care,
- 14.5 million people in poverty,
- and an estimated 8.3 million people already struggling with debt.
Should we really be relying on parents to “just know” how to teach life skills?
Or should we expect an education system that is already experiencing intense pressure to change things?
I don’t think so.
This is why during the Covid-19 pandemic I quit my career in finance (managing a £7.6 billion savings portfolio) to follow my passion – teaching people grown-up skills.
To date I’ve taught life skills in schools to 1000s of young people in the highest areas of poverty in the UK, and now I’m reaching a global audience.
I have created an open-access online resource that aims to help anyone and everyone to feel more prepared for grown-up life.
I hope you’ll join me in spreading awareness of the free help offered by The Grown-Up School, by telling people to “Grow up!” 😉