Being in your 20s is a crucial period in a woman’s life: It’s a transitional time when a girl discovers her true self and really becomes a woman. It’s during these years that we find ourselves graduating from college, renting our own apartments, starting our careers, and building new relationships while learning what it really means to grow up. Between bills, early morning wake ups, and tighter schedules it can be easy to lose sight of the fun side of life. That said, your 20s are some of the most exciting years and for this reason I’ve compiled a list of 10 things every girl in her 20s should know to ensure we all maximize the opportunities and never forsake one moment during these special years:
1. Learn How to Manage Your Budget: Most women start taking care of their own finances at this age. Learning how to manage a budget for rent, groceries, utilities, while also setting aside a little “fun money” and a little savings can be difficult. I’ve found that tracking your monthly income and all your ancillary costs can help you better understand what you’re spending so you know what you’re able to save. There are actually several apps to help you keep track of that that (check out Mint.com). This is also a time to think ahead and start your 401K. If you work for a company that offers this type of plan, be sure to ask your HR department to help you set it up.
2. Interview Like a Boss: Your 20s are a prime time to start your career and interviewing well is a key component to that process. Even if you don’t land a job right away, if you are a good interviewer it can make a big impact since companies will often remember you months (or even years) ahead when another position arises. Interviews are also important for networking purposes and building relationships across the business world. The bottom line? Take advantage of every interview now as it made lead to opportunities in the future!