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3 Ways You Can Invest in Yourself from Home

Jun 2, 2020

3 Ways You Can Invest in Yourself from Home
The coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately impacted the economy in many ways. Employees have been furloughed or laid off, and due to hiring freezes, there are fewer job opportunities available for those entering the workforce. If you just graduated from college, it may be a few months until you land a full-time job. Use this extra free time to make yourself more marketable so that when things go back to normal and you resume job interviews, you stand out against other applicants. Below, we’ve listed three ways you can invest in yourself from home for free.

Continue your education online

If you have some extra time on your hands, consider taking free online courses, attending complimentary webinars, reading a book you’ve been meaning to get to, or starting a new audio book. These offerings are great for learning new skills and keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry you’re looking to land a job in. If you haven’t already decided what field you want to work in, this is a great time to explore your options.

Look into LinkedIn Learning for more than 16,000 expert-led professional development courses, or Coursera for classes from Ivy League and other top colleges and universities around the world. Both are available either for free or with a subscription, depending on what you choose. These courses and webinars won’t take up too much of your time since their length varies, so you can easily work them into your routine by setting attainable learning goals every day or even every week. Taking more courses to continue learning and hone your skills during this unexpected free time will show employers that you are dedicated to learning and growing, which can give you an edge over other applicants.

Get comfortable with various online platforms

Many companies are using online platforms like Zoom, Skype, and Microsoft Teams to hold meetings and maintain collaboration. And while in the past, employees with remote-based jobs were primarily utilizing these services, those with jobs in all industries are now using them to work from home during COVID-19. It’s likely these tools will be integral to how businesses conduct work moving forward, so spending time familiarizing yourself with these platforms now may give you a leg up on the competition.

Look for “odd jobs.”

While not all organizations are hiring due to the financial impact of COVID-19, there is always a chance that someone somewhere is looking for an extra set of hands, so don’t stop applying! You should jump on any employment opportunity – whether it’s an internship, a tutoring gig, or a job proofreading or doing admin work, you never know where a job could lead you further down the road. You can also look into volunteering in the field that you’re interested in pursuing, as many nonprofits and small businesses are looking for some extra help.

Even if it’s unpaid work, the experience and the contacts you make can set you up for a paying, full-time job once the job market improves. Be sure to stash any money you make during this time in a savings account so that you have a cushion when things go back to normal.

Being in limbo right now can be frustrating, but try to find solace in the fact that you are not alone! Continue honing your skills and taking advantage of free educational resources so that when the time comes, you and your resume will stand out to employers.

Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis
Accredited Financial Counselor ®
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