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Top Skills To Acquire


There are many skills you can acquire, whether it’s for fun, for a hobby, etc. But there are some skills you’ll need to use in your life that are more important than others.  This article will list some of these skills that you might want to think about!

1. Teamwork, communication, critical thinking & time management

These are some of the important skills you would usually use in school, or in a career/job, but can be applied to everyday situations. You need teamwork to work with others. Although working alone might seem easier, some things you can’t get done just by yourself. Communication skills are always handy and help with teamwork. If you ever come across a problem with another individual, talking it out and communicating the problem with them is the best solution.

Once you learn how to process information and analyze it, critical thinking can come in handy anywhere. It can help you anywhere, and change how you think depending on how you reflect and reason with it. It can also be different depending on your experiences. Lastly, time management is very important, especially if you’re prone to multi-tasking. A schedule/a to-do list might help keep track of your tasks and time. It’s important to put in time for each of your things to do, so you don’t stress yourself out.

2. Confidence, leadership, & adapting

You will always need confidence, even outside of your home, job, or school. Sometimes having confidence can make your day so much better, and motivate you to do things you might not have had the confidence to do before. For example, having confidence you passed your test, or having confidence to try out new things.

Having leadership skills means that you will be able to lead a group in a project, or direct yourself if you’re working alone. This skill can be useful in both ways. But having this skill means that you’ll be able to lead people in the right direction in order to get the work done. To have leadership means you must be able to adapt, to listen to your peers or your gut instinct. Adapting to something can be hard, especially if something is drastically changing in your life or changing your situation. But learning how to adapt to something can be so useful so you won’t get caught off guard and get back on track.

3. Cooking, basic car/house fixing

Though cooking isn’t as important and isn’t used as much as communication and teamwork is outside of your home, you’ll still need it in your daily life. It can save money, and especially be useful if you’re living alone or in a dorm. Not only all of this, but eating a meal you made yourself can be worth so much more in the end. Overall, cooking saves you money that you might be spending on unnecessary meals (i.e. McDonald’s). Of course, going out to eat isn’t terrible, but it puts a hole in your wallet, and learning how to cook saves you from that.

Once you’re old enough to have a car or if you already have one, you’ll need to learn the basics of fixing your car. This can also save money since some of the fixes can be simple and save you hundreds. The same goes when you live by yourself and you run into a problem with for example; your door nob, or a hole in the floor/wall.

If you’re able to master all these skills, your life will be full of balance, prosperity, and newfound connections. While not every skill is the end-all, be-all to having a successful life, you should definitely take the time to better your life in whatever way you want.

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Tiffany Nguyen, Reporter
My name is Tiffany Nguyen and this is my first year in both The Clarion and high school. I strive to be somewhere in the business department where there's management & writing. I joined Journalism to try and get me prepared and have experience for that.

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