Growing up is hard to do, but it's something we all face sooner or later. In order to become a productive adult, or at least one who can fend for him or herself, there are certain skills we need to learn in order to survive.
From managing money, to maintaining good relationships, to simply knowing how to cook a meal, here are a few things you need to know how to do in order to call yourself an adult.
Basic Cooking SkillsFuture Publishing/Future/Getty Images
Everyone needs to eat, and once you're out on your own, it's up to you to figure out how to feed yourself. Constantly eating out can get expensive and take a toll on your health if you're not careful. Learning how to cook a simple meal will go a long way to becoming self-sufficient when it comes to food.
How To Write A Resume And Cover LetterJustin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Finding employment is one of the primary responsibilities that comes with adulthood. In order to find that employment, it's important to be able to write a good resume and cover letter that is tailored to the job you want, lest you find yourself getting rejected before you even have a chance to interview.
How To Jump Start A CarJarih/iStock/Getty Images
When the battery dies in your vehicle or one belonging to a friend or neighbor, you'll likely find yourself needing to jump a car. Learning how to use jumper cables before hand will help you avoid making a mistake that ruins both batteries in the process.
Personal Finance BasicsH. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images
Once you start making money, it's important to learn how to manage it properly. Making a basic budget, keeping track of bills, opening a bank account and saving, and doing your own taxes are all crucial steps in getting your personal finances under control.
Start A Retirement AccountJoe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
This could be included in managing your personal finances, but starting a retirement account like an IRA is one of the most important steps for planning for the future. It's also one that many adults take on way too late, leaving them scrambling to save or even delaying retirement. Take some time to learn about the different options out there, and actually open an account.
How Credit Cards WorkJoe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
One of the biggest financial mistakes a person can make is using a credit card completely wrong, building up massive amounts of debt in a short period of time, and tanking their credit score. Credit cards can be useful financial tools, but it's important to know the basics about how they work.
Professional DressColorblind Images/Blend Images/Getty Images
Making a strong first impression in a professional environment will be important for any adult's success in the workplace. Building a basic wardrobe suited for work will help you appear competent and professional, but you don't necessarily have to break the bank to modify your style.
Starting A FireDutourdumonde/iStock/Getty Images
A few basic survival skills are generally a good thing to pick up for most adults, and knowing how to safely build a fire is one of the more useful things you can learn how to do.
Building RelationshipsFranckreporter/Vetta/Getty Images
From professional relationships, to friends, to romantic life, knowing basic social skills is crucial in becoming a healthy, well-rounded adult. Learning how to meet new people, conquer public speaking, and making good first impressions are just a few steps you can take.
Changing A TireKatja Kircher/Maskot/Getty Images
Another automotive skill that any adult will want to know is how to change a flat tire, especially if you're in a situation where AAA won't be available for a while.
Recognize Alcohol LimitsJustin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Alcohol is a common part of most adults' lives, but learning how much you can handle drinking will be important in maintaining your health, as well as your relationships with the people you're drinking with.
Computer BasicsAllison Joyce/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Knowledge of how to use a computer is already a crucial part of modern life, and any adult will need at the very least basic typing skills, the basics of using a computer itself, and getting a handle of Google in order to succeed.