When you think of your investment portfolio, you probably think of stocks, savings, and maybe a few other financial products you own or things you’re planning to use for buying a house, funding retirement, or keeping yourself protected. What you might overlook is investing in your career. You’ve invested time, and if you’re still paying off student loans, you know you’ve also spent money on it. Just like any other investment, your career has risk and return. If you want to get the best return on investing in your career, then here are a few tips that can help:
Get a degree
If you haven’t finished college, you might have found yourself bumping up against a glass ceiling. You can finish your degree online, often in a short amount of time and without spending a ton of money.
Get an advanced degree
It’s no surprise that the average income goes up with each advanced degree that individuals earn.
Build your brand
More and more, career changes and advancements can be built through the Internet and social media. You can work on building your personal online brand or get training and certification in all sorts of software and design to help others build their brand, making money in the process.
Learn another language or another culture
There are very few job skills as portable as language and communication. If you find yourself out of a job, knowing another language can help you get that next one lined up. Understanding different cultures makes it easy to move if the next job is across the country or even the globe.
There are a lot of ways to invest in your future, but the one that tends to be overlooked is investing in your career. Unless you got in on the ground floor of investing in Google, you’re probably never going to find an investment that pays you more over the course of your life than the one you’ve made in your career. Don’t neglect it.
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