I'm a young person who will soon graduate from school.
Due to family upbringing, I've lived a very sheltered life. I haven't done many things or had many experiences that most of my peers probably had (I'm quite sure of that).
Further, during school, I seldom listened to gossip, and I mostly just stuck to myself. (I think that listening to (but not partaking in) gossip can be beneficial because it lets you know how people think.)
I did get good grades, however, and developed several other talents.
I will soon leave my family's surroundings, enter the world, and get a job. I worry, however, about how my lack of people skills would affect me.
I consider myself a nice person, and I treat others with respect and honesty. Yet, I worry about being taken advantage of, not making the right impressions, committing social faux pas, or not being able to effectively assert myself.
I also heard that some office environments are like jungles wherein people backstab each other in order to advance.
What would you suggest that someone in my situation do or read? Do you know someone who has had the same issues that I had? If so, how did she/he overcome their issues?
Finally, how could you test your people and determine whether they're up to par?