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