Filling in the Gaps: 4 Essential Things You Won’t Learn in College

In today’s society, attaining a college degree is a prerequisite to any level of professional success. Even more than that though, higher education offers many people opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to access. Still, no matter how comprehensive your studies are, few people finish school with the sort of well-rounded knowledge “adults” need. (This includes students with graduate degrees as well!) With that in mind, here are four life-skills that most recent graduates should take the trouble to learn now –– in order to save themselves a big headache later.

Taxes and Finances

Though plenty of people graduate with some form of a degree in business or accounting, few people actually understand the basics of the tax system. Furthermore, young people tend to take unwise financial gambles and fail to practice good credit-building habits. Don’t take it for granted that you know all there is to know about filing taxes and personal finance; odds are, you don’t.

Sexual Wellness

One would like to imagine that anyone who’s graduated from college would have a decent understanding of how to maintain their sexual health. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Some people are misinformed about sexual wellness; others refuse to educate themselves at all. Still others understand the risks associated with STDs, yet don’t take proper action out of fear or embarrassment. Getting tested for STDs has a stigma around it, but the truth is it’s a vital resource for all sexually active individuals.


This is a big category, and it includes everything from changing a tire to fixing a leaky faucet. Even possessing a basic understanding of how household items operate will separate you from a large majority of recent college graduates. Plus, learning how to fix problems on your own is invaluable once you start to face the harsh truths of the “real world.”


In some ways, college does educate students in the subtle art of networking –– just not necessarily through a class. Rather, young people can learn solid networking skills when out of the classroom, when they get to interact with professors and fellow students in social environments. Heck, even joining a fraternity or sorority is a primitive form of networking. Whether or not you’re able to network properly most often boils down to how well you can translate personal interactions into business. Remember that you don’t have to be the most gregarious person on the planet to make a sound connection with a business partner. It’s more important that you be genuine and honest in your dealings –– both personally, and professionally. Do that, and you’ll be well on your way to networking like an expert.