I really wish they’d had a ‘how to live as an adult’ class at any school I attended. School taught me language, history, math and science but not one course on basic home repair or how to manage your finances. I recall one home economics course in grade 7 that covered how to make a very disgusting cold tomato soup, and that’s about it.
We enter the work force woefully unprepared to balance our budgets or understand which investment is the best one. Youtube how-tos only get you so far. Parental long-winded nagging doesn’t impart as much necessary basics as you’d want and there are too many self help books to choose from.
It's never too late! McGill University’s Personal Finance Essentials course offers a completely free, completely online, accessible to anyone with an internet connection course that covers the basics of personal finance.
Write up from their site:
If you're ready to take charge of your personal finances, then you're in the right place. From budgeting to borrowing, real estate and beyond, invest a few hours in this free, online course and you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to make a lifetime of smart financial decisions.
Full disclosure: none of us have taken this course, but from the write ups, the reputation of the University, and the almost non-existent barrier to entry, it seems like it’s worth a look.
Session 2 starts on February 1, 2020.