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4 Ways to Invest in Your Professional Future

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I’m the first one to admit that thinking about investments can be… well… kinda intimidating. Beyond the fact that it’s all tediously complex, I, like most people, don’t understand much about investing in securities, the stock market or other income earning assets. Without the help of a great financial advisor, making investments can be a daunting task. But luckily, these aren’t the only kind of investments that can help to secure your financial future.

4 Ways to Invest in Your Professional Future

Actually, the easiest place to start investing is with yourself — after all, what do you understand better? Think about how you can improve your skills and knowledge to move up in your career and then create benchmarks to meet specific goals. Even if you haven’t decided which path you want to take, it doesn’t hurt to start building the foundation now.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Continue Your Education

Your current skill set may be enough to get you in the door of a company, but building upon what you already have is the key to career progression. Invest in continued education (upi can learn new skills online for free or cheap) to stay abreast of the emerging trends in your desired industry. This way you’ll develop new skills that will make you a viable candidate to prospective employers.

4 Ways to Invest in Your Professional Future

Here are a few courses to consider:

  • Public speaking. The ability to address a group of people without nerves and anxiety comes natural to some while others stumble to get past pre-presentation jitters. But if you plan on moving up in the company, you may have to give several presentations.
  • Business communication. Communication is paramount in the workplace, whether you’re collaborating with others on a project, conveying a message to your supervisor or reaching out to customers.
  • Basic money management. Many young professionals overlook the need for financial literacy courses to help them make their money work for them. And it usually doesn’t work out in their favor after they’ve spent years distracted from their work due to money woes or bounced from job to job in desperate search of more money to support their poor spending habits.

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Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what's interesting to them.

5 Comments

  1. Hannah Mayers

    Oh yes! “Basic money management” is a great (and a MUST) course to take. I remember I had to stumble with my finances during my first job after college. Really awful moments of my life.

    At my age, I already learned from experience and know my priorities and limitations. I believe “money management” (removing the word ‘basic’) should be taken by professionals like me. We need to learn how to successfully save and invest to protect our hard earned money from being wasted.

  2. Gabrielle Williams

    I hadn’t even considered doing classes. I’m a stay at home mom for now, but I could definitely do some of these things to help me prep for going back to work soon!

  3. This article was really helpful! I think I have the hardest time with networking and continuously educating myself. Part of it is my reluctance to embarass myself when meeting new people, and really need to get over that. It’s such a silly fear too, because it never manifests and I always end up enjoying myself. I justed started using duolingo to learn italian, highly recommend it for anyone who wants to brush up or take on a whole new language!

  4. Sarah Evanston

    Great tips! I’m going to get started on these. I find that a lot of women my age don’t think about their future enough — it’s just day-by-day, job-to-job. More women should be trying to build up their resume and skills by doing things like you suggested.

  5. Public speaking classes are a great investment because they also teach you how to talk on sales calls over the phone and in person.

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