Based on your very impressive score, it appears you possess the basic knowledge you will need to step into a life of your own. You should feel very proud, as the average young person tends to wait until the last minute to figure these things out and usually ends up learning the hard way. There are quite a few things that were not covered in this quiz so make sure to keep asking questions and learning from your parents and mentors. Adulthood and independence can be really exciting for people who are as prepared as you are, but keep in mind that circumstances change and, as an adult, you will be expected to adapt and take responsibility for your actions. Relax, you are on the right track!
Helpful tip: Keep challenging yourself to be more independent every day. If you are over 16, for instance, consider looking for a job and start making your own money.
You fall somewhere in between adulthood-ready and still trying to figure it out. Don’t despair. This, actually, is a very good place to be. It means you have a rough idea of what it takes to live on your own and you simply need some time to figure out the rest. Continue asking questions and try to rely on trusted sources of information, such as your parents and your teachers, to connect the rest of the dots. Trust your gut, too. Nobody knows exactly what you need to do better than yourself. Most young people tend to think about their future as a long-term goal, when in fact, the present has a direct impact on what’s to come. Focus on doing your best now, and you’ll be ready for the future.
Helpful tip: Make a list of goals and concentrate on finding pathways to get you there. It will be a learning experience and, before you know it, you’ll have gained a wealth of knowledge to help you welcome adulthood. Check out our Career Path Assessment Tool and our Preparing for College section to learn about all your different options.
We’re not exactly sure how to break this to you, but you have a long way to go, buddy. You must be living in a dream or an alternate reality because as far as real-world knowledge goes, you are way behind the curve. But don’t worry, all you have to do to learn this stuff is want to learn it. Ask your parents to give you financial advice. Make a list of questions and bring them next time you visit your school counselor. Hunt the web for information. Observe others. Read the news every once in a while. But above all, be curious and proactive about your future.
Helpful tip: Ask yourself what kind of life you want to live and create a step-by-step plan on how to achieve it. Also consider contacting one of our mentors to get the extra guidance you need.