4 Ways to Invest in Your Professional Future
Easy ways to invest in your long-term financial and career success.
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.
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 (you 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.
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.