Author Archives: livingonyourown

About livingonyourown

The primary goal of this blog is to share information and resources to help young adults prepare for and succeed in living on their own. Its secondary goal is to provide a forum where young adults can share challenges, tips, and resources for living independently.

Researching Careers That Interest You

Once you’ve analyzed yourself and determined what you should look for in a career, it’s time to find out more about the careers you are considering. You can use both informal and formal methods to research careers. Informal research is as simple as talking to people you know, going to a movie, or reading a magazine. Formal research methods include use of library resources, internet searches, and exploratory interviews. You can also learn about careers by working part-time or by taking advantage of opportunities to see people at work. Continue reading

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Career Planning Begins with YOU

The best place to begin the process of choosing a career is with you! The better you know and understand yourself, the more likely you are to choose a career that is right for you. Continue reading

What Is Personal Management?

Personal management is about making a plan for your life. It involves setting short-term and long-term goals and investigating different ways to reach your goals. Education, training, and experience all help make your goals a reality. To meet your goals, you will choose the best path for you then commit to it. As you pursue your goals, you will need to stay flexible enough to deal with the changes, challenges, and opportunities along the way. Continue reading

Adult Children Living at Home

Yesterday, I discovered Adult Children Living at Home, a blog written by Christina Newberry, a young woman has returned home to live with her parents twice. Interestingly, the blog helps parents anticipate and deal with issues that arise when an adult child moves home. The categories addressed include general advice, planning strategies, communication strategies, financial and budgeting tips. It also includes family stories and posts from the adult child’s perspective. Continue reading

Developing Management Skills

To be a success at living independently, you will need to become an effective manager by taking control over yourself and your resources. Management involves using resources to meet your goals. In other words, it means using what you have to get what you need or want. Management skills are helpful in many situations—from simple to complex. Continue reading

Developing Problem-Solving Skills

Life is filled with many problems that need solving. Problems may result from everyday situations, relationships, opportunities, challenges, changes, and even crises. Sometimes the situations you face are complex, involve other people, and need multiple decisions. Some problems may feel so overwhelming that you try to avoid dealing with them. Solving problems effectively is a skill you can learn. Continue reading

Developing Decision-Making Skills

Decisions are part of life. Each day you make countless decisions, or choices. Each decision you make has a unique set of characteristics. As you make decisions, you will find that following a step-by-step process will result in easier decisions and better results. In addition, you will want to take a positive approach to decision-making and avoid negative approaches. Continue reading