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Your 20’s seem to be the most confusing of years. You aren’t sure whether or not you are supposed to be swanning off on romantic getaways with your partner or partying in Ibiza with your best friends.
You’re confused about whether or not you should be working a job you hate to get to where you want to be or whether or not you should be off travelling enjoying the world.
Either way – DO NOT PANIC. You don’t have to have it all together.
There are many amazing opportunities that you should not say no to if you do not want regrets in your twenties.
Travelling can be a fab way to spend your twenties, especially if you aren’t sure what you want to do. Whether or not you have graduated or are taking a gap year it’s a fun way to spend your time and see the wonders of the world.
2. Trying out different jobs
A lot of us have a goal set in mind when it comes to going to university or doing some sort of specialist training.
When you finally get that dream job, you are so excited. I know because this is exactly what happened to me. I always wanted to be a Journalist and got offered a job at a top news agency writing for all the national press. It was honestly a dream come true. Until I realised I hated it.
Coming to the conclusion your dream job is actually a nightmare can be pretty heart wrenching however you deserve to be in a job you love – especially when you invest so much of your time doing it.
So take a step back in your twenties to try out different jobs. See where you skills can take you and never say no to an opportunity just because it’s not your dream – you never know where it might take you.
3. Moving to a different country
People always say to travel whilst you’re young, so why not now? It’s understandable that it’s a huge step to move away from your loved ones, but if you don’t do it now, you will never do it. Especially if you’re single.
This is something that if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to do you should do, because you never know where it could lead you to.
Internships are a good way to get a taste of different industries and learn valuable skills that can easily be transferred to other jobs. They demonstrate what it’s like to work in the business and can lead to paid full-time positions afterwards.
I’m sure by now you have had at least one heartbreak that has led you to hate all relationships and made you very weary about getting into a new one. Yes – we get it. Having to go through the awkwardness of the first date, and all the other ‘firsts’ that come with a new relationships.
But let me remind you that you survived this once before, you will survive it again.
Not all people are the same and you shouldn’t be put off by the past just because you are scared it might happen again. Give it a go, you never until you try.
6. New hobbies
If it’s a solo hobby or one with your friends go out and do it. There are loads of unique hobbies you can get involved in now, including joining running clubs, ice hockey, dancing and knitting. Whatever it is that you think you might enjoy – go ahead and do it.
7. Smear tests
When you get to the age of 25 you are invited to go for a smear test by your GP. This is something that is so important.
Let’s be honest, you don’t really want some stranger sticking a pipe cleaner up your vagina, however, it could easily save your life.
According to statistics, one in four women are skipping them just for the sake that it’s embarrassing. For the good of your health, go and get checked out. It takes no more than a couple of minutes and can easily save your life.
If you are too scared to go on your own, take your friend with you or let your Doctor know that you are feeling anxious.
Find out more about smear test in our low down.
8. Living alone
We all know the feeling of being at University and patiently waiting for your housemate to come home so you aren’t all alone in your house. The first couple of months at living in halls can be like that, you are constantly with people for about three months and then everyone leaves are you are stuck on your own, bored and wondering what to do with your time.
This is why you need to experience being alone. So many people are so scared of being by themselves that when it comes down to being independent they struggle. This is why you need to experience living alone so you can learn to enjoy your own company.
You are the only person that you are going to be stuck with for the rest of your life so you need to get comfortable with being alone.
9. Relocating for job opportunities
You’d be stupid not to. New city, new you?
10. New friendships
Us girls can be judgmental and cold pretty much all the time. Be inviting towards someone and you could end up being best friends. Girls need to stick together.
11. Pension schemes
I know it seems like a lifetime away until we get to retire but this is something you need to seriously invest in.
A lot of places of work have their own pension scheme which lets you pay a certain percentage of your pay straight into the scheme before you even see it. This is a great way to pay into your pension without even knowing.
If you want to understand pensions more check out our mini guide.
12. Savings account
You will regret not paying into your savings even if you don’t know what you are saving for.
A great tip for saving your pennies is to set up a standing order to come out of your bank on the day you get paid – that way you will never even see that money and it can help you save money quickly.
13. Trying new foods
Being alive for 20+ years can make you realise you know exactly what you do and don’t like. However, taste buds change and so do you. So you should definitely try as many new types of food that you can. Even if it’s just changing your Nando’s order.
14. Extra qualifications
Whether it’s an online course you do in your spare time, or a course that your employer wants to send you on. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not it will benefit your career, do it anyway.
The more experience you have on your CV the better, and you never know when it may come in handy in everyday life and job success.
15. Working weekends
Understandably no-one wants to work during the week and at the weekends. But if working one weekend a month is going to get you the edge over someone else in a big job promotion, give up that weekend to help out. Even if you really don’t want to.
It won’t be forever and you may gain a lot of valuable transferable skills from it that could help you gain a successful promotion.
16. Family gatherings
Yes we know – spending your Saturday nights at someone’s house for dinner will never beat going out on the lash with your girlfriends. But think of the positives. You get to see your family, who you won’t always be able to see forever. And you save money on outfits and drinking. What is not to love.
17. A friend’s party you really don’t want to go to
Go out and enjoy yourself because there will be times in the future when you won’t be able to. Get dressed up and go to the party, if it’s really pants you can always leave early and get grab some cheesy chips.
18. Exercise classes you enjoy
It is really hard in your twenties to try to juggle a social life, working and keeping healthy. Some days you may wake up exhausted and just want to sit in bed all day.
Why not drag yourself out of bed and get to that bootcamp class. You will feel so much better after you have done it.
19. Girls holiday
Take some time out of your busy schedule and try to organise something with your girls. We all know how busy life can get, so plan in advance, and have something to look forward to.
It doesn’t have to be abroad – just somewhere you can have a good laugh and enjoy yourself.
20. Building healthier habits
Investing in healthier habits in your twenties will not only make yourself feel better, but also boost your energy and will be so much better for your body long-term. So kids, eat those greens.