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Supporting Yourself Through College

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Getting into college is a major achievement, however, many people will struggle to pay for it whilst they’re there. In addition to the cost of tuition, there are also living costs to consider, which can make college a difficult time financially for many. Fortunately, there are ways that you can support yourself through college to make sure you don’t have to sacrifice your degree for financial reasons.

Choose a college that’s closer to home

If living costs seem like they’re going to be unmanageable during your time at college, then one of the options you have is to live at home while you study. This will save you a lot of money and means you won’t have to move far away from your family to go to college. While you might be concerned about missing out on dorm life, it’s easier than you think to make going to college while living at home work.

Consider distance learning

There are different ways to earn your degree, and you might find that distance learning is more appealing if you need to financially support yourself while you learn. Distance learning can be particularly beneficial for completing further education, such as pursuing a masters degree after getting your undergrad. Some options include online master degrees in social work, or psychology, and you can take the time to study around work. Distance learning enables you to enjoy a more flexible education, which might be a better fit for your financial circumstances.

Work while you learn

Having a job whilst at college is more common than you think. Many students find it necessary to pick up some part-time work to help cover tuition or living costs. Whether you pick up an on-campus job or you work online doing something creative, there are different options available to you to help you support yourself. Make sure to balance studying, work and your social life to ensure you have a well-rounded college experience.

Look for scholarships

Scholarships can be a great way to help make it through college, and unlike student loans, they don’t need to be paid back. The Department of Education has some excellent guidance for finding and applying for scholarships, and you can also research local initiatives that you might qualify for. While a scholarship can provide your finances a boost, it’s worth bearing in mind that it might not cover your full college funding.

College can be a good opportunity to develop better financial awareness and start learning more about the value of money. By learning to take care of your financial health, you can set yourself up for a positive future and appreciate the value of working hard for the things you want in life. Anything is possible if you’re willing to succeed, so make sure you explore all of the ways you can support yourself through college.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

October 18, 2018
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Will You Still Be Employable In a Decade?

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If you think back to around ten years ago when it came to things we had in the home or in the workplace, it has all been transformed. Smartphones were brand new, apps were not yet a thing, and flexible working and open plan office designs were not commonplace. And when someone mentioned ‘the cloud’ it was assumed they were talking about a storm that was coming. All of these things, along with plenty others, have changed how we work and the kind of jobs that we are doing. Technology is changing at a fast pace too, meaning there could be many changes still to come.

How can we make sure that our skills are still relevant and that we are going to be employable after finishing college in a couple of years or even this time next year? It is going to be hard to completely predict what working will look like then, as we know things can change so quickly. Which is why making yourself marketable, educated, and able to adapt is really important. Then it makes it much easier to move with the times, change jobs when required, and get the jobs that you are applying for.

So with all of that in mind, here are some of the things that you need to be doing to make sure that you can keep up, and still be employable, even if it is a few years down the line. Being prepared for what comes next, or even being one step ahead of what could come next, is a great position to be in and will help your employability no end.

Pay Attention To Specific Industries

It can be hard to know where you want your career path to go, unless you have had a clear decision for a while. But one of the best things to be doing is to look at the best ways to keep up to date with the chosen industry or career path that you have chosen (or a few of the industries that you want to look at). Are there particular resources, websites, or other publications that you can be accessing to get the information that you need? Stay apprised of the industry (or industries) that you have an interest in going into (or that you’re already working in). It will be a huge benefit to do so.

As well as that, it can be a good idea to keep on top of other industries and watching out for innovations and new ways of doing things. Things like that aren’t going to be limited to just one industry, in most cases, so it does help to keep your knowledge up on what is happening in various industries; it can make a difference. For instance, if you want to work in finance, then it could be also worth looking at the marketing and advertising industries, as things that they implement are likely to follow in finance, for instance. Find what is relevant and then you’re going to be ahead of the game when it comes to how employable you are going to be.

Stretch Your Skills

Even when you’re starting out in a career, or ten years down the line, it can be easy to just get a little complacent with your work and skills. Your job can almost become a little autonomous to do, and that doesn’t mean that you are stretching yourself, learning or growing. And when that stops, it does make work much more dull for you, as well as make you less employable, as you’re not developing in other ways. So being able to stretch your skills, to keep learning, and doing more, is always going to be a good thing.

You may have an idea of the training that could help you in your career. But if not, then it could be worth looking somewhere like the Laurier online degree programs to see what else you could be studying and it if could be worth doing a masters. If you’re an undergraduate at the moment, then focusing on one thing at a time is a good idea first. But from there, the word is your oyster and a masters could help you, as well as doing other studies alongside your work. As well as formal education to improve skills, it can be a good idea to put yourself forward for things to help you to ‘stretch.’ This could be taking on a role of responsibility at work, or volunteering to take a specific project on. It gives you more experience, as well as more practical ways of demonstrating what you are capable of, should a job change come your way.

Document Development

At a basic level, keeping track of all that you do and making a note on your resume of the things you are learning and doing is a great thing to do. You have the memory and evidence of all that you have been able to do. Any classes, courses, and opportunities to develop should all be documented so that you have the proof of what you have done, and can recall it when you need to. When applying for jobs, it is going to help. You could also try your hand at blogging or even podcasting so that you can develop a small online presence, and it will help you to develop yourself as a brand, if that is what you want to do. Not only that, but it is very relevant. By doing something like that it helps you to show that you’re up to date with technology and the way that business and online marketing is going, as examples. Plus, it is something that is giving the chance to do something different to everyone else. So again, when applying for a job, it can help you to stand out, and help you to be more memorable.

Check Up on Your Skills

Just because you are qualified in something, it doesn’t mean that you’re instantly going to be an expert. And if you have something written on your resume that you haven’t used for years, then it pays to check up on your skills. What can you do to test your knowledge on that or recall your learning? Much like we do with ourselves and our health, as well as with cars, and our homes, we check them over from time to time, to check that no major cracks are appearing. As well as keeping up with that you already have in place, it is a good idea to check on your other skills from time to time to see how you can be honing them so that you’re able to do more and more and improve. So allow yourself some time, take stock of what you are doing, or what you should be working on. Then take the time to reevaluate so that you are all learning and growing.

Try Something Out of Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever told yourself that you’ll be unable to do something because ‘you’re not that kind of person?’ For example, have you avoided doing certain things at work as it would mean that you have to use a certain piece of equipment and ‘you’re not a techy person?’ But whatever is holding you back can be easily dealt with when you have a plan to deal with it and have a plan step out of your comfort zone. For instance, if you feel intimidated by technology, then you’re not going to get too far in the modern world we live in, and the modern businesses that we have. But stepping out of your comfort zone can mean that you are able to do so much more at work, as well as mean getting involved with more projects, and just generally improving your skill set. It won’t be technology for everyone, but we will all have something that can hold us back from doing what we want to do.

If your aim is to be ready for the future and ready for longevity in your career, then it will mean doing some things that you’re not too keen to do, or things that you might not feel prepared to do. When you embrace it, embrace change, and make changes, you will be setting yourself up for great things. Remember that as soon as you let fear stop you from doing things, then it will mean that you are putting a pause on your career, as it can mean certain skills are not being used and will almost become redundant. Keep challenging yourself in the right ways, and it will help your career, and help you to make sure that your career can be as good a decade down the line. Sometimes we can become so focused on keeping things neat and tidy and all in a box, that we forget to step out of the box and see that there is much more out there that can help us.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

October 17, 2018
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How To De-Stress & Look After Yourself

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A huge part of looking after yourself is knowing when to stop working, studying or over-thinking and just sit and be with yourself. But so many people fail to really appreciate the importance of this, or how to really go about achieving it. The truth is that being able to actually take time to unwind and relax is a hugely vital role in the act of taking care of yourself. If you think you could do with learning how to relax more, then take a look at the following. As you will see, it is actually relatively easy to take care of yourself in this way, so long as you know what you are doing and you actually take the time to do it.

Manage Your Time

If you find that you frequently don’t have enough time for yourself, then the problem might be a simple one: maybe you are not managing your time well enough. That might sound obvious, but you would be amazed at just how many people fail to really manage their time properly, and it’s something that you might want to look into in order to actually be able to take better care of yourself. With good time management, you are much more likely to have the chance to relax and look after yourself, and you will find that it is a lot easier to stay relaxed and stress-free in general anyway. For these reasons, this is often one of the first things you should look into if you are to try and start relaxing more in your daily life.

Follow Your Pursuits

Everyone has their own idea of fun. It might be opening up your Final Fantasy 15 A New Empire mobile strategy game and spending a few hours on that. It might be going to the pub with a few close friends and talking about whatever might crop up. Or maybe you love to be in the kitchen, or the garden, creating things. Whatever it is that you enjoy, make sure that you are allowing yourself the opportunity to follow them at every turn. The more that you pursue these passins, the more relaxed and at home in yourself you will feel, so this is really an important thing to make sure of. Often this is enough to ensure that you are genuinely happy and relaxed in your daily life.

Meditate

There is a way to seemingly create more time and to be more relaxed at once, and it is meditation. Despite what you might think, this is not something that has to be particularly spiritual or religious. Actually, it is just a simple matter of sitting, focusing on the breath, and allowing yourself to be present in the moment. If you do that every day for about twenty minutes, you will find your life opening p with more time and more passions to pursue, and you will feel so much more calm and relaxed as you go through your daily life.

I hope you enjoyed the post! I just started school again so I will definitely be implementing these into my routine.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

September 9, 2018
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