Monday, January 11, 2016

5 Tips to Getting Ahead as a Single Mom

I am listening to/watching: Monk S 2, E 1
Mood: Tired, anxious, loved,
Time: 4:51 pm

Single mom, tip,getting ahead

  1. Get an education. This is not something you HAVE to do. How I explain education to people is this. You can work a job for 15 years and maybe get where you want, or you can pay to get there faster. It is up to you what you want to do, however, women make about 79 cents to every $1 men earn getting an education does not close this gap but does get you into higher paying jobs.
  2. Have a mentor. Your mentor can be a man, woman, team of people it does not matter just have someone who is willing to show you how to get ahead. I find less woman look to mentors and I feel this is because we are often the ones people are looking to. However, if you are going into a mail dominated filed or you just want someone to help you, a mentor is priceless.
  3. Apply for jobs even if you feel you do not qualify. One of the reason why men work in better positions right out of college or with little experience is they apply for a job even when they do not qualify. Men have a confidence that is often stripped from women (more so in STEM fields). I am guilty of talking myself out of applying for jobs. When you apply just think what I have started thinking. You lose nothing by applying for the job, but you could change your life if you get it. So GO FOR IT!
  4. Budget. I do not need to go into why you need to budget. Living beyond one’s means is a sure fire way to stress out. If you have to live a minimalist life, it’s okay. Get into the mindset of not keeping up with the media and other people.
  5. Save. This goes hand in hand with budgeting. Add into your budget saving for both your child’s education, enough money to live off of for 6 months, and lastly an emergency fund. Single mothers are often one sick day away from falling behind. Taking some steps to save will go a long way in avoiding stress.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”  J.K. Rowling
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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.


  1. Great tips, I am still working on many of these. In my recent job search I sometimes find myself not applying to jobs that I would be a great fit for, just because I dot meet every single qualification they list. This is a great reminder to just go for it, because what really do I have to loose!!

    1. I am working on getting over that too. My sister just got a job by just going for it so she is my inspiration LOL.

  2. These are good tips for any woman I would say. I couldn't agree more on the getting a mentor, I have had a few mentors in the past and it has been a very wonderful experience in getting some much needed perspective and guidance.
    xx, Kusum |

    1. Thank you, I hope it is able to assists others.