Tuesday, July 18, 2017

7 Courses I Wish They Taught In College and Where to Actually Find the Resources

7 Courses I Wish They Taught In College and Where to Actually Find the Resources

Trying not to get teary eyed while writing about college is nearly impossible, to be honest. It's been over a year since graduation and thinking back to those four years of my life gives me all the feels.

Saying I am grateful to have gotten so lucky is the understatement of my life. I chose the perfect school for me, I made the most incredible friends, I had the best internship experiences, and developed some of the most incredible relationships with mentors.

It was truly more than I could have ever imagined. And looking back on my college experience there is nothing I would change. But I would have added one thing.

Surprisingly, my friends from high school who each went off to different schools all agreed on this.

While we all felt fully prepared for the job search and actually entering the workforce post-graduation, we all bonded over the fact that there were definitely several extremely necessary topics we weren't taught.

Together, we came up with a list of courses we wished we could have taken in college — some more tongue in cheek than others — to make transitioning into "the wild" a little less challenging.

Below are the classes we wished were offered and resources to help us now.

1. The (Ta)X Files: How to File Your Taxes

This one was a universal favorite among the group of my girlfriends. No matter what your major is in college or what future job you'll have, everyone has to file taxes (unfortunately), so learning how to do so is extremely important — not to mention the law.

It sounds like a total bore, I know, but having a course or even a single seminar on the topic would definitely have cut down the number of hours it took me to research and actually file them anyway.

Here's a helpful resource to learn about filing taxes: Filing Your Taxes with the IRS


2. The Science of the Excellent Credit Score

Yikes. The (sometimes) good ol' credit card.

Credit scores, especially for those who are paying off student loans, are really important! Learning how to keep an excellent CC score and what to do if it starts to slip toward not-so-great is vital. "Start building your credit score early" is what I kept hearing, but how do I do that if I've never learned? Research, yes, but that doesn't always help with all the questions.

Here are a few great resources to help you with your credit score(s): Credit Karma Tools and Resources & Credit.com's "What Is a Good Credit Score?"

3. Negotiating Salaries 1000


Everyone at some point in his or her career has to negotiate a salary and it is something for which we can absolutely prepare. Whether it's with a mentor, co-worker, close friend, or professor, we can all grow together.

Here's a useful resource to help you negotiate salary: Career Contessa's "WEBINAR Salary 101: How to Negotiate for More"


4. Asking for a Raise 2000


Following up on the hypothetical course above: Wouldn't a quick rundown on how and when to appropriately ask for a raise be helpful? I mean, according to PayScale, "only 37% of millennials have ever asked for a raise." Why is that?

Let's combine the "Negotiating Salaries" and "Asking for a Raise" topics and just get real about our financial future and earnings potential.

Here's a vital resource to read if you want to ask for a raise: Your Office Coach's "How to Ask for a Raise"


5. Do I Really Need Life Insurance? Truths of the 401(k) and Other Benefits

When I got my first job contract post-college graduation, I read literally every word thinking I was going to miss something important in the fine print. Looking back, it probably was not all that necessary, but what did I know about a 401(k) or whether or not I was supposed to opt in for life insurance? Short answer: nothing and the contract taught me just about as little as I knew.

Is there a right or wrong/smart or dumb way to do this or is it just preference? THESE are the questions.

Here's an invaluable resource for finding all of the answers about your 401(k): CNN Money's Ultimate Guide to Retirement


6. How to Make Friends When You're Not Constantly Surrounded by People Your Age


Obviously this one starts the section of the list that is a little extra tongue in cheek. Of course I don't actually think any university must teach this, but I'm also not saying I would hate it. Making friends while in school is far less complicated than trying to meet them once you're out, but it's also not impossible.

Speaking from personal experience, I have made new friends at conferences, jobs, and by bonding with those of close pals.

Here's a great list of ways to make friends in "the wild": "7 Easy Ways to Make Friends After You Graduate" by Brit + Co


7. Where to Find a Date 1001

The bottom line is simply that the dating scene is completely different once you've graduated from college. Whether you plan a date in the back of an UberPOOL (yes, a friend of mine did this recently) or you meet at an office Christmas party, it's just different now. So, where's the manual?

Here's a list of rules of dating in "the wild": Bustle's "21 Rules of Dating After College"


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7 Courses I Wish They Taught In College and Where to Actually Find the Resources

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34 comments :

  1. These are so great! I wish universities taught "Where to Find a Date 1001" :)

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    1. HAHA! Right?! It's one of those silly ones, but so true! Everything we learned gets lost while we are trying to navigate through adulthood! Thanks for reading, Lilly! xo

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  2. Completely agreed. I have a post about negotiating your salary because it's so important and somehow nobody teaches this!
    -Ams

    www.toyoufroma.com

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    1. It's so true, Ams! I just read your post and it is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing :) AND for reading mine! xo

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  3. I love this. I took a lot of worthless classes in high school and college. I wish I would have been taught about credit scores at an early age.

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    1. It's so true! These classes would be SO helpful! Thanks for reading, Jason!!

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  4. Let's face it: personal finance should be a year long class in high school. Everyone really does need this info! Great list!

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    1. Heather, YES PLEASE! This is seriously so so important and I made the mistake of not focusing on it in college. Learning during those years of growth and development would have made things a LOT easier. Thanks so much for your kind feedback and for stopping by to read! :)

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  5. Just stumbled across your blog via a Facebook group, Taylor, and I'm now obsessed, haha.
    I love this list, and I TOTALLY agree...I'm now 2 years out of college, and I still don't know how to do half these things. What the hell?

    There just needs to be one whole "Adulting 101" tier of classes that are requirements before you graduate! Seriously.

    Happy to have found your blog and connected! I'm off to go read more of your posts. :)

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    1. Bria!!! You're so sweet, this made my day! And RIGHT!? Adulting 101 NEEDS to be a class! Let's teach it :) Thanks so much for reading, I'm definitely headed over to check out your blog!

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  6. Yes, yes, yes to all these -- especially #6! It's so much harder to make friends as an adult, especially when you're busy trying to work and figure out how to do taxes. ;)

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    1. Hahaha I know!! Seriously! Maybe if we all talked about how hard it was to make friends we could bond over it and then all become friends? Let's make that happen! :) Thanks for stopping by, Brittany!

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  7. I got 2/3 in college but everything else i completely agree with!

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    1. YES! I'm so happy to hear you learned most of this stuff in college! These are all such important topics! Thanks a million for reading, Tee!

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  8. These are all so accurate - especially if you're majoring outside of the business field! I feel as if all the finance stuff should be required even before college, maybe senior year of high school? They are such critical, need-to-know facts! Thanks for the great list :)

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    1. Honestly, I completely agree! I started saving in college, so not knowing so much about personal finance until AFTER seems completely backward! Definitely should be something we start learning in high school to prepare us for "adulting" and since that happens at 18 and many of us are in school then, why wait? Thanks so much for reading, Paula!! xo

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  9. I think that how to make friends outside the age group needs to be taught in kindergarten because once high school graduation comes around, you won't be surrounded by your agemates.

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    1. This is so true! Whether you're 5 or 18, you will always have to get along with people outside of your age group. The earlier you learn, the better! This was on the list as more of a tongue and cheek college course anyway :) Thanks so much for reading, Tabi! xo

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  10. Yes! I could totally relate to this list, especially your first point about filing taxes. It would be so helpful if they actually taught us these tasks in school! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. AMEN!!! Definitely need a personal finance course of some kind for EVERYONE and not just those in business school (as some previous commenters suggested, even in high school!!). Thanks for reading, Cassidy :) xo

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  11. Totally agree with all of these!!! So true. :))

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one :) Thanks for reading my darling, Brittany!

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  12. I so could have used all of these courses!!! Especially # 5 and #6!

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    1. Hahaha RIGHT!? That's what I'm saying! I'm right with you there, Rachel! Thanks for reading :) xo

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  13. Girl, so much this. Everything this. While taxes and retirement are definitely tricky to navigate, you completely spoke to me about finding friends when you're not surrounded by people your own age anymore. Most of the people I work with are decades older than me and it is super hard to relate to someone that has 5 kids and goes to soccer games on the weekend while I have zero kids, not married, and go to the bars and workout on my weekend.

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    1. YES! It's so hard, I TOTALLY feel you! That's kind of the thing that sparked the idea to this blog post! It's so hard to figure out! We're all in this together, I'm telling you! Thanks so much for reading, Katie :) I LOVE your blog! xo

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  14. LOL this is sooooo true!!!! Unfortunately seems like dating did not change much since my time (I'm 100)

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    1. HAHAHA I actually laughed at this! So glad you agree :) Thanks for reading, Dee!

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  15. Yes!!! These are all so good. So much anxiety from not knowing any of that important adulting stuff, trying to fumble your way through salary and benefit negotiation and taxes and retirement and all that. Seriously, why do they teach you how to balance a checkbook in middle school and then never circle back to all this other important info ever over the next eight years?!

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    1. Right!? It's crazy to me that certain things aren't mentioned. Of course, the friends and dating "course" suggestion isn't serious - or at least not completely serious ;) - but taxes and 401(k) info... I need to know that! Thanks so much for reading Sarah :) xo

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  16. Great list! So very true. I'd add in budgeting too or maybe that in combination with saving money because I see a lot of questions about those topics.

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    1. Absolutely! Just a whole course on personal finance would be incredibly helpful! It would certainly eliminate a TON of questions hahaha. Thanks for reading, Connie! xo

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  17. Umm #7 is a complete yes! I went to university in NYC so dating was already a struggle, but dating after college is 100% harder. On top of that, I'm so over Tinder and all the other "dating apps".

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    1. Yes! It's so so true! Where did you go to school?? I went to school in NYC, too!

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