How to Invest in Your Career Without Exhausting Your Funds

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Your New Year’s resolutions may include things like investing more time in personal development and making better financial decisions. These two can go hand in hand if executed correctly. No matter what your career path is at the moment, there’s no better time to start investing in yourself than RIGHT NOW.

Many of us long to attend these dope conferences and summits, but may not have the funds available at the moment. Don’t become discouraged! There are some budget friendly resources available to help you invest in your career.

Let’s take a look at how we can invest in our best lives while still saving those coins.

Local Workshops and Seminars

If you live in a buzzworthy city (or not) there’s usually always something going on. Our personal favorite buddies (Eventbrite , Facebook, and Instagram) keep us in the know whenever there is an event happening close by that is of interest in our field of study. Majority of the time, the events are free - $20 to attend which is fairly decent if you ask us.

When attending these workshops and seminars, don’t forget to network while you are there!

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Online Resources

Let’s say you don’t have access to transportation or can’t make the event in time, there are companies that have online academy workshops, live streams, and courses you can take to learn some new techniques for FREE99. Simply conduct a Google search of the popular companies you are interested in and the local companies hosting the events. You would be thoroughly surprised how many valuable resources you can find on their web pages.

Here are a few of my faves that are great for STEMpreneurs:

Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity.
— Mae Jemison

Be Open to Learning Skills and Trades Outside of Your Niche

This one is very key. Some of the greatest inventors in history are masters of multifaceted skill sets. Guess what, you can do it too! You may be a scientist but want to learn computer coding 🙋🏾‍♀️. Enrolling in introductory boot camp courses for the time being, until you can fund more extensive training is a great option. There are also tons of YouTube How-To pages on basically any skill or trade you can think of. Job markets have became very slim with their pickings over the years so any extra skill you believe is beneficial in aiding you to stand out, go ahead and master it.

The life of a goal-getter can be unpredictable, so we should always keep in mind to stay ready for whatever curveball may be coming.

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Hi My name is Kara and Welcome to Ladies Love STEM! I'm full-time graduate student and #STEMsis. When I'm not in the lab, I'm usually enjoying beautiful HotLanta. Here at Our goal is to provide women of color a space to motivate, encourage, and celebrate one another in STEM.

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