Life Skills for Teens
We often worry whether our teenagers are ready for the adult world and are they developing the necessary skills they need to meet the challenges of life? Looking back at my own life skills now, I wish my school had introduced personal development courses, team building skills, communication skills, social skills and other life skills, organizational skills etc.
Perhaps I was asking too much of the education system at the time. I remember in my early teens when I was still in High School, I was petrified to stand up in class and speak about a topic or take part in a class debate for fear of being ridiculed. Forty years later I graduated with a BA Honours in German / Political Science and Sociology. I’m getting ahead of myself here.
I never told my parents about my fear nor my part-time job. With the money I earned, I went to a speech therapist and it was the best thing I did. My confidence grew and I spoke without being self-conscious. I even recommended the therapist to my school pals who had the jitters when speaking up in class.A skill once learned is never forgotten. Forty years later I graduated with a degree in German Drama, Literature, Political Science, and Sociology. I was on a high when I proudly received my degree from the Chancellor of the University
The stage fright never leaves you but when you work through that fear, your confidence increases. German was challenging for me from the word go but I loved it. For my final year, I had to take part in a German Drama. It was written by Brecht and my life depended on it. I had to know all my lines in German word perfect, to obtain a pass mark.
You must have experienced something similar in your life at some time when fear really takes a grip and refuses to let go. I could see myself forgetting all my lines. Actually, it was that fear that drove me to remember my lines and practise in front of the mirror two hours solid a day right up till the opening night. Needless to say, we received a standing ovation for three nights running and I passed my German drama with flying colours. See my blog Feel the Fear but get Your Degree.
A bit of fear is good because it propels into action. On my graduation day, I must have looked like Frankenstein on crack, I was on a high when the Chancellor shook my hand and awarded me my degree.
Watch… The Apprentice. It is a UK game show in which a group of young entrepreneurs uses their life skills to compete against each other to win the coveted prize of working with millionaire Alan Sugar.They perform a number of tasks which require life skills like problem-solving, communication skills, teamwork, listening skills. I enjoy it very much and my adult kids tell me they love watching the series.
The Apprentice – Video
Karen Brady from the Apprentice Launched Barclays LifeSkills Programme 14 to 19-year-olds. It’s an opportunity to win the Work Experience of a Lifetime including the opportunity to Work with Karren Brady, Vice Chairman of West Ham United Football Club.
Launched by LifeSkills Ambassadors Karren Brady, Jameela Jamil, and Thea Green, the competition will offer a range of prizes including the chance to shadow a manager of a Barclays Premier League football club.The competition is part of LifeSkills, created with Premier League title sponsors Barclays, a curriculum linked programme that aims by 2015 to equip one million young people with the skills they need for work and connect them with work experience opportunities.
I personally feel that more learning programmes should be made unavailable to all school-leavers who are disadvantaged financially, instead of governments pumping money into senseless war projects. That’s my opinion anyway.