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My name is Kathy, and I'm thrilled to take you on a journey into the world of intergenerational skills and personal growth. As a proud member of the BESTIE team at EUEI, I've come to realize the incredible importance of intergenerational skills, not only in society but also in my own life. Join me as I navigate the exciting challenges and delightful discoveries that come with bridging the gap between digital natives and traditional wisdom.

Finding My Footing in the Working World

As a fresh-faced 23-year-old, ready to conquer the professional realm after spending four exciting years in university, I quickly realised that my arsenal of digital skills was only the tip of the iceberg. Despite my tech-savviness, I lacked crucial know-how about professionalism and fitting into a working environment. It was time to embrace the enchanting world of intergenerational skills.

Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Leaving the comforting nest of my university years, I found myself facing new challenges that signalled my transition into adulthood. Suddenly, tasks that were seemingly mundane, such as cooking, operating a lawn mower, or even ironing, felt like bewildering mysteries. It became evident that my parents possessed a treasure trove of practical wisdom that I had overlooked.

Embracing the Perks of Professional Growth

Despite the occasional struggles of adulthood, I count my blessings as a member of the BESTIE team. This exciting opportunity grants me the freedom to embark on solo travel adventures, immerse myself in cutting-edge technologies, and engage with fascinating individuals from diverse backgrounds. Through these experiences, I've come to understand the true value of intergenerational skills.

A Trip to Remember: Bridging the Gap

Recently, I sent my dear parents off on a well-deserved trip. Little did I know that this would become a vivid illustration of the necessity of intergenerational skills. From booking flights and accommodations to deciphering train and bus schedules, I found myself tirelessly guiding them through every step of the journey. Their anxiety about navigating unfamiliar digital platforms and self-service accommodations opened my eyes to the hurdles they faced in this modern world.

The Power of BESTIE

Witnessing the challenges my parents encountered during their trip highlighted the importance of our work at BESTIE. Our mission is to empower not only older generations but also young individuals like me to gain vital skills and knowledge in both the digital and social spheres. Through initiatives that foster intergenerational exchange, we can bridge the gap and create a harmonious blend of traditional wisdom and contemporary expertise.

Embracing the Magic of Intergenerational Skills

As I conclude this blog post, I can't help but marvel at the transformative power of intergenerational skills. By recognizing the value of both digital prowess and traditional wisdom, we can create a world where generations work hand in hand, celebrating each other's unique strengths. So, let's embark on this enchanting journey together, bridging the generation gap and embracing the magic that lies within our diverse experiences and knowledge.

Remember, whether you're a digital native or a traditionalist, there's always something to learn from one another. Until next time, stay curious, keep exploring, and let the magic of intergenerational skills guide you on your own extraordinary path!

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