How to Adult

Life skills to work, learn & live.

Are you keen to develop the right life skills to work, learn & live independently? 

We understand how scary it can be to navigate life as an adult – with new responsibilities and challenges – but we are here to help. 

The ‘How to Adult’ program is here to guide you in the right direction with free, informative and interactive sessions and resources that will help you find a way to successfully enter the workforce, live independently and learn how to balance everything life throws at you in between. 

So what are you waiting for, start #adulting today!

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Read on to find out more about the life skills you can learn and develop:

How to Cook Healthily on a Small Budget

Juggling everything in our lives can be challenging. Experience how to achieve a more balanced and healthy way of life. 

Download an interactive digital Shopping List & Menu Planner below

How to 'Stand Out from the Crowd'
Just thinking about getting a full-time job and working 9 'til 5 is daunting. 

Discover how you can positively impact your career pathway to help secure your dream job. Hear the success stories from recent UniSA graduates and get some handy tips on how you can ‘stand out from the crowd’. 

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How to 'Manage your Money'

Mastering your finances and money can be overwhelming. Learn how to confidently manage your money so you can achieve your goals and feel in control.

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  • Tell us a bit about your Professional background 
    I’m an ex-accountant, ex-financial advisor, best-selling global author and accidental serial entrepreneur.
  • What does money mean to you?
    It means the ability to have choice, to have options. My aim financially is to design the life I love (and one that I don’t need to escape from).
  • How did you manage work, money, rent/mortgage, utilities, bill and life balance when you were young?
    When I was young I had very little money so most of my dollars went to bills and there was very little left over! I was also working full time and studying full part time until my late twenties so life balance was very off kilter! I applied for my first store card at age 18 which was a disaster and I realised very quickly that credit and I aren’t good companions.
  • Name three words that best describe you:
    Introverted, socially awkward, over-dressed.
  • What would be your personal motto?
    Design the life you love that you don’t want to escape from.
  • Funny fact about yourself?
    I didn’t study maths in year 12 (despite being a money expert).


To explore the life skill topics of the ‘How to Adult’ program in more detail and discover interesting information, facts and programs, see links to a variety of resources below: 
Career Pathway
Transitioning into the working world. 
UniSA Specific Resources 
  • Career Services: Your one-stop shop for all the resources and services you can access as a student and graduate to help build your employability. 
  • CareerHub: The UniSA Career Services online jobs board which features a range of opportunities (including exclusive roles and jobs on campus you won’t find advertised elsewhere!), careers workshops and employer events.
  • Self Help Career Resources: An extensive suite of online resources to help and guide you throughout your career journey from job hunting and securing a position, to business skills and self-development (includes multiple interactive tools, videos and articles).
  • Hunting for Jobs Program: This program guides you through basic jobs search strategies and techniques to help you maximize your job search
  • Key transferable skills: A quick video and short article describing the transferable skills learnt in education (for students that don't have a lot of work experience).
  • Cover Letter Builder: Create a cover letter quickly and easily with this builder (includes lots of useful language tips and advice, along with great sample suggestions).
  • CV Builder: Create an expert and professional resume with this builder, section by section (includes videos, great tips for tailoring to each role and extensive examples).
  • CV360: Scoring your resume against 50 checks, this tool gives you instant detailed feedback on ways to optimize your CV and boosts your chances of scoring well through external Applicant Tracking Software systems. 
  • Interview 360: Practice your interview technique and get instant feedback (includes commonly asked questions from employers).
Finances & Money
Manage your Finances and Money.
  • USASA Financial Counselling: A free, confidential and independent service available for all UniSA students to assist with money management. 
  • UniSA Tax Help Clinic: Doing your taxes alone can be scary - take advantage of the free, bookable service offered by UniSA to sit down and have someone go through your taxes with you. 
Apps Podcasts Books  Local Support   
Helping you find the perfect balance.
Fact Sheets/Information Programs
  • OZHARVEST Nest Program: A six-week program teaching adults about healthy eating and easy, affordable cooking in a friendly and fun environment. 

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