3 Lifetime Skills To Master In 2014

2014 has just started and with it, the potential for you to learn something new. There are a number of skills, dubbed ‘lifetime skills’ that everyone should master. The question is which lifetime skills to master for 2014. Hopefully we can shed some light on the matter. Here are the top 3 lifetime skills you should master for 2014.

Cooking

At this point, you’re probably shaking your head and thinking “I already know how to cook.” We’re not talking about sticking a frozen dinner in the microwave, or dumping a pre-made skillet meal into a pan. That isn’t cooking, that’s heating. Even if you can put a meal together, is it something that you would want to buy in a restaurant? Even if you have no plans to be a chef, you should learn to cook to entertain. This article will help to choose where.

Spend some time learning the proper techniques for cutting vegetables and fruit, for cooking, and for plating. A gourmet meal or faux-gourmet meal isn’t as difficult to prepare and serve as you might think. It doesn’t take anything more than some trial and error, and maybe some research on the Internet. Even if you only cook for yourself, there is no comparison. This is especially important for younger people to consider, as it is much cheaper to cook your own food than to eat out every night, and a lot healthier than eating nothing but ramen and peanut butter sandwiches because that is all you know how to cook.

Touch Typing

The basics of touch typing are quite possibly the most important lifetime skill you could ever possibly master. Now, you may be shaking your head and saying that you’ve never needed to learn to touch type. That your hunt and peck typing skills have served you well so far, and you have no need to change. That is where you couldn’t be more wrong.

Proper touch typing techniques not only improve speed and accuracy for the typist, but overall efficiency as well. Just look at the map. If you need to type a 3,000 word article, and you rely on a hunt and peck style of typing, at say 20 words per minute, it will take you 2 and a half hours to type that article. If, on the other hand, you employ proper touch typing techniques and type at about 60 words per minute, that same article would only take you around 50 minutes. You can achieve this with a little as 30 minutes per day of practice, not including your normal computer usage. It is not as hard as people make it out to be and there are a large number of free tools online to help you make that first step.

The beginning of a new year is the best time to start something new. People make resolutions to lose weight, make new friends, or finally write that great American novel. Why not choose one of these skills as your resolution for 2014? They will pay off in the long run. It doesn’t take as long as you would think to master them and once you have, they will serve you for your entire life. Try to pass few lessons online at http://www.ratatype.com/.

Interviewing

Despite what you may think, there is a great deal skill that goes into planning and performing the perfect job interview. Perhaps even more important than the perfect resume is the interview. It can take years of practice to learn what employers are looking for and more importantly, what they want to hear when they ask an interview question.

Pay attention to your appearance. They say to dress for the job you want, not the one you have, and in an interview this is especially important. You can always be under-dressed, but you can never be overdressed. Even if the dress code is informal, say you walk in and everyone is wearing jeans and t-shirts, it is still important to look your best for the interview. Once you have your ideal interview outfit down, the next thing to plan is your questions. In almost every interview you will ever do, the interviewer will ask you, usually toward the end, if you have any questions. Make sure your questions are open ended, don’t leave your interviewer a chance to say just yes or no. This is not a skill that will come quickly or easily, but once you have a fairly stable interview plan adopted, you will very rarely need to change it.

Adam Fort, education advisor and enthusiast. His goal is to help kids around the world to learn touch typing.

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