Defining Life Skills:
Life skills are simply skills an individual need in order to effectively deal with the challenges in everyday life, whether at school, at work or in our personal lives. The term life skills refer to the skills a person need to make the most out of life. They are usually associated with managing and living a better quality of life. “They help in accomplishing one’s ambitions and living life to full potential”.
Any skill or ability that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill, for instance playing football, cooking, plaiting hair, and other professional skills. Using a computer and playing a guitar are also considered as life skills. In everything you must have different skills, but most importantly you must have the ability and willingness to learn, be willing to learn new skills as an advantage to do work well and possibly being employed. Youths who are able to understand and use their skills along with their qualifications, always take advantage of educational and employment opportunities.
Keep in mind, life skills are not always taught directly but also learned indirectly through experiences and practice, “A person with a skill of cooking must be willing to learn all about food and nutrition by practicing”. There are many life skills that one can adapt, here are some of the life skills:
- Communication Skills
communication skills are taught in different schools and institutions, although communication is a complex subject but one must be willing to learn and have good communication skills to communicate with different kinds of people.
- Interpersonal Skills
Skills that are used when interacting directly with other people.
When you engage in a face to face conversation you can use both verbal and nonverbal communication.
Verbal communication is used to describe things connected with words and their use, verbal describes things which are spoken rather than written “Verbal Agreement”.
Nonverbal communications are behavior and elements of speech aside from the words themselves that transmit meaning. Nonverbal communication includes pitch, speed, tone, and volume of voice, gestures and facial expressions, body postures and proximity to the listener eye movements and contact.
- Listening Skills
Listening is powerful than speaking, listening skills are keys to understanding and empathizing with others.
- Reading and Writing Skills
Being able to read and write clearly is a way to communicate, either one to one, text messages, write emails and read in an audience clearly.
- Numeracy Skills
Numeracy is the ability to reason and apply simple numerical concept, basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental arithmetic like additions, subtraction, multiplication and division. Better numeracy skills can:
Make you more employable, help you to develop a better understanding of the world around you, save your time and money, improve your mental health. Improved numeracy skills lead to better paid jobs.
“Discover your life skills today and create jobs and wealth for yourself and others through your life skills be willing to make a difference”.