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Are young adults today lacking life skills that inhibit them to determine an individual life track?

So I'm an Asian American raised under immigrant parents who came to this country to start a family. Therefore, I wasn't taught much about the system pertaining to everyday life skills. For example,

*How to do taxes
* What taxes are
* How to vote
* What political parties are
* How to write a resume/cover letter/anything related to getting a job
* How to write a check/balance a check book
* Anything to do with banking
* How to do loans for college
* How to jump start a car or other basic emergency things
* How to buy a car or house

We are distracted with the free flow of information that we forget how essential these skills are in order to promote confidence for independence.

I understand that these can be learned through parents or as you go on, but what about the 99% protesting on Wall Street? If they knew about credit scores or interest rates, would so many students have taken out those loans?

Throughout my study, I found most high school graduates who are going to college don't have any idea of what they want to study. I believe it is because they lack the confidence to believe in themselves to pursue a higher purpose in life.

I hope I explained my idea clearly enough as this is my first conversation here on TED. I hope to hear from most of you!


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    Jul 16 2013: In my perspective, I concede to a few of skills you mentioned above. Definitely, we are constantly bombarded with perpetual information, too much for 24 hours/day to assimilate it. How often are our parents or school, educate or rather say equip with financial planning, investing? We are eternally being asked to excel in academics, get into college and get a job. We never work for ourselves, we work for others. Even though, we recognize our likes and we know our strengths that are apart from academics, they are seldom pursued. Hence, we follow paths created by public, because we are unable to take the risk to pursue on our strengths. Either way, we may be blitz with endless opinions from parents, friends and teachers. This often leaves us perplexed, bewildered with our own life.

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