Smart Ways to Invest in Yourself That Won’t Break the Bank
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
If you are looking for ways to grow as a professional, but don’t have the money to attend conferences or pay hundreds of dollars for consultations, have no fear. The Life Currency is here to guide you on using your resources effectively to grow as a professional and look just as good as a person who has invested a lot of their money. It all starts with reaching out and taking advantage of what is in front of you.
Take A Free Online Course
There are many courses offered for free that consultants and businesses offer. If someone is an expert in an area, they usually offer free advice in a form of a worksheet or a small course. If you are a college student, you can also get Lynda for a discounted price and learn a new skill to add to your resume!
Check Out A Free Book From The Library
Research people you admire and look at what they are reading or what knowledge you need to gain while you are on the path to your desired career. Self-help books are a great way to invest in yourself, plus reading has a ton of benefits from helping you feel more connected to boosting your vocabulary.
Attend Free Webinars
If you can’t afford to pay for classes, attend free webinars. It can be overwhelming when there is a lot of information out there and so many people offering webinars. To narrow it down, ask yourself what you want out of a webinar and read descriptions of what the webinar offers. Ask an experienced professional for advice on good webinars to attend.
Create A Weekly Checklist
This is simple, but organization and keeping up with your goals is very important when investing in yourself. You need to keep track of what you are getting done and how fast you are doing it. Be patient with yourself, but hold yourself accountable to the task you set for yourself.
Get A Free Consultation From A Career Counselor On Campus
Take advantage of the career services department on your college campus. They are there to review your resume, help you prep for interviews and help with your cover letter. This is free advice from professionals who specialize in getting students jobs and how the recruitment process works.
Use Your Friend’s Businesses
If you need business cards or a website done, go to your peers to use their services. It will be cheaper and you will be supporting a local business. Make sure you are seeking quality services. A lot of people have talented people in front of their face to do jobs they need, but they aren’t thinking strategically to implement that.
Join Career Communities & Facebook Groups
There are many career groups on Facebook and different communities that offer professional advice and digital mentorship. Engage in conversations and ask questions that will help benefit you as a professional.
These are smart ways to invest in your professional development that won’t lead to you looking good as a professional, but eating noodles for dinner because you’re broke. Invest in yourself now and use your free resources.
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com.