Essential Life Skills Filipino Millennials Should Have
By Therese Aseoche
But there are scenarios where these might not save you. Here are 8 essential life skills Filipino Millennials should have right now.
8. How to fact-check online news.
We have ourselves fooled that what we see is what we get, especially when it comes to news headlines. Rare are the occasions when we actually click the link and read through the article because it’s just faster to see your friend’s reactions and then share the article with a similar emoji. It becomes embarrassing, then, when we eventually get comments on our shared post: “Check the date when this was published,” or “This is a hoax,” or, worse, “This news is fake.”
With all the time we spend mindlessly scrolling through our social media feeds and timelines, you’d think we’d actually be able to allot a few minutes to read before we share what could be false information, saving ourselves from looking stupid.
7. How not to spend as fast as you earn.
While we don’t spend on big-ticket items like houses and cars (at least, not yet), we tend to spend freely and more frequently on smaller things like food, arts and crafts, and booze. It’s no wonder we always relate to GIF and meme posts that say, “Nung naubos na kaagad sweldo mo.” Most millennials aren’t even financially literate to invest in stocks and make transactions other than cash deposits in the bank, which could become a problem in the next few years when they’ll have to think about “adulting.”
6. Basic self-defense moves.
It’s an increasingly dangerous world out there, whether we care to admit it or not. There’s no telling what could happen to us one day. It’s better to be well-trained and prepared than helpless.
5. How to develop a well-backed opinion.
These days, it’s so easy to be influenced by mob mentality without knowing both sides of the coin, especially when one side aggressively state their opinions as facts without the benefit of research or verification. And if we let ourselves be carried away by our own biased stands, and then engage in a conversation about the issue with better-informed people, only then will we realize we’re just voicing out what we read online rather than our true sentiments–thereby losing our own credibility.
4. How to engage in small talk.
We’re so used to connecting virtually and through text with our friends, family, and strangers that when we’re forced into a situation wherein we have to interact with others face-to-face (i.e. socialize), we panic and self-destruct from social awkwardness. Just what exactly should we talk about? The weather? Their outfit? Politics? The internet has probably fed us small chunks of knowledge to be prepared for situations like this, but the pressure of social interaction is deleting all that information from our brains.
3. How to actively seek a job.
We believe in the “period of rest” post-graduation before looking for a job, thinking we owe it to ourselves after four years of sleepless nights and constant feelings of failure. But even when we begin our job hunt, we’re pretty much disinterested in the process and maybe a bit passive about it. We send our resumes via e-mail, sign up for Kalibrr or LinkedIn, asking our relatives for referrals. And when no calls or e-mails come we just lounge around the house like a bum because if a job hasn’t found us yet, then it just isn’t the “right time.” It takes half a year and all our friends earning their own keep for us to start feeling the pressure.
2. Knowing where the shortcuts are without Waze.
We put so much faith on the app that we don’t even take a look at the streets anymore. We just mindlessly follow its robotic voice on where to turn, where the police are reported to be, and which roads are closed off due to construction. But what happens to us when our phone dies in the middle of a traffic jam? #LostNaBeh
1. How to make split-second decisions under pressure.
We just hate it when our parents ask: “Where do you want to eat?” or when your significant other says, “Where do you want to go this weekend?” or when your boss says, “Can you pitch something to me right now?” Our brains go haywire and full-on panic mode, and we can hardly think straight. What happens when we’re tasked to make a huge decision that might affect our future? Do we still say, “Uh, ‘di ko alam eh. Ikaw?”
What other essential life skills should Filipino Millennials have today? Tell us your thoughts!