Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
What a Great Concept – Adulting School.
“Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.” – Kurt Vonnegut
I must admit, I was rather shocked when I read that there is a course to help Millennials become adults. What a concept! It’s happening in Portland, Maine.
A therapist, Rachel Weinstein, and a former public school teacher, Katie Brunelle, saw the need and put together a one-day session offering presentations on subjects like time management and budgeting.
They launched The Adulting School to teach millennials how to be functioning grown-ups by showing up on time and paying their credit-card bills, etc. They followed up by hosting happy hour sessions to tackle skills like cooking and networking.
Many of you might think this is actually funny. My first reaction was OMG!
However, I can see the real need for something like this for new college graduates as they enter the world of work, especially public accounting. The organizers put it like this, “You’re smart and capable – Your education just didn’t provide you with all the skills you need.”
I have written and spoken about the fact that adulthood has been “pushed back” by the millennials. Think about it. The Baby Boomers graduated from college, got married, bought a house, started a family in their twenties. The Millennials are doing all of these things in their thirties – a ten-year delay.
It is a big transition from college to work life and building a career. Be sure to offer your new college graduates assistance on making that transition. Be open and honest about your expectations and be sure they have someone to talk to about their new life (a coach or mentor). Time management could be just the beginning course.
Maybe your CPA firm needs an Adulting School. Maybe some significantly older people need an “adulting” course!
Read the entire article, Should You Enroll in Adulting School?
- "I don't think I'd have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I'd known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed."