It can be difficult to identify the defined step stones in life. But in truth, you begin the journey as you pick a subject that will become your future career: This is the day when you finally go to college. From this moment, your path to adulthood will be paved with changes and new motions to follow. Growing up is the allegory of perpetual changes: You change your knowledge, your employment situation, your location, and your family. Growing up is all about the little step stones that change you from being a child to becoming a grownup. Here are the main step stones of adulthood and the life changes that they bring.
The first big change in your life is to go to college. This is more than a step up from high school, this is the beginning of your professional career. The years in college are designed to prepare you for the world of work and to give you all the keys to succeeding. It sounds like a lot of pressure. But, thankfully, you are not on your own! You’ll have the best partying memories of your life, you’ll make friends for life, and you are finally learning to cook for yourself if you happen to live on the campus. In short, this is an appetizer to what’s to come.
After your graduation from college, there is only one way to continue: It’s time to land your first, real job. This may not be your first job, but this is the first time that you will be hired based on your qualifications, and not for your spare time like student jobs. You will find it helpful to build a network of professional contacts, using LinkedIn and networking events, to get on top of other candidates in landing your dream job.
Finally, as you begin to settle in your professional life, it is now time to buy your first house and to work closely with real estate agents to find your dream nest. You will also need to take your first property mortgage, which means that you will probably spend a lot of time comparing banks and other financial institutions. For the first time too, you will need to use moving companies to get your belongings to the new address. You’re an adult now, and you’ve got better to do than packing your car full of boxes and organizing a DIY move with your friends. You can now afford to pay for quality.
This isn’t the last step of adulthood, but it’s the beginning of a new life. For many couples, getting married and starting a family is the natural conclusion of their love. Whether you opt for a natural pregnancy or adoption, your home, and your family will continue to change with the arrival of a child. There’s a new room to prepare, a new lifestyle to adopt, new skills to learn – you’ll have a lot of fun mastering the art of changing nappies –, and new responsibilities to take. Starting a family is the beginning of a new adventure, and more importantly, this is another life that will soon walk into your steps along the path to adulthood.