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18 : 11 : 2016 The Learning Economy : The Adulting School : Millennials

US – The Adulting School helps Millennials to learn the skills needed for adult life.

  • Members are encouraged to build a community of peers known as an Adulting Squad
  • Membership costs £12.16 ($14.97, €14.15) per month
  • The school hosts monthly Happy Hour workshops to balance socialising with learning new skills
The Adulting School, US The Adulting School, US

With the tagline ‘come here instead of calling your parents’, The Adulting School is aimed at Millennials who, due to a fundamental shift in the way people live their lives, have found it difficult to lay the foundations for adulthood. Established by psychotherapist Rachel Weinstein and former public school teacher Katie Brunelle, the community-focused group targets four key topics that often pose a problem for young adults in modern society – finance, health and wellness, DIY, and relationships.

Membership includes access to The Adulting School’s own specialists, but members are also encouraged to forge professional relationships with experts outside the school environment. Additional resources include free entry to The Adulting School’s interactive workshops, event discounts, a private Facebook group where users can connect with each other and build up a network, and regular newsletters with ‘adulting’ tips.

‘Our world has evolved and the systems in place to prepare people to be out in the world independently haven’t quite caught up,’ reads The Adulting School website. While previous generations often had their path in life mapped out for them early on, and were therefore able to adequately prepare for adulthood, life for Millennials is much more uncertain.

The Adulting School has identified a new stage of psychological development called Emerging Adulthood, which comprises five principal identifiers – exploration, instability, self-focus, identity, feeling in-between and possibilities.

The Big Picture

Many young adults feel that the educational system is not adequately preparing them for the complexities of adult life and are looking to brands to provide a helping hand. For more see our macrotrend The Learning Economy.