Training For A Career In Your Own Time

The idea of a career. It’s something so many people go in for during their youth, studying as hard as they can to make sure they get the degree of their dreams. And then you add another line to your resume and get turned away from jobs you’re told you’re not experienced enough for. It certainly doesn’t feel fair, and truth be told it isn’t!

So when it comes to carving out the career of your dreams, a lot of people like to turn towards freelancing; it’s liberating, you work your own hours and jobs. And you only pick up what you know you’re capable of. However, there’s many ways to boost up your skills (and your confidence) when you take your time training in what you want to do! And here’s a couple of great ways to do so.


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Use an Apprenticeship

If freelancing is not quite the thing for you, and you still want to give it a go in a traditional place of work with the dreams you’ve always wanted to accomplish, see if there are any apprenticeship or traineeship programs available. This way you earn and study whilst on the job. There are always nationally recognised programs to apply to, so you don’t have to worry about the legitimacy.

Apprenticeships are also easier to get a hold of considering the amount of placements offered both on large and small scales, and even an internship won’t go amiss here. Just make sure you’re never doing any payment requiring work during one! You’ll get some much-needed experience, a great friend in the shape of an established employer. You will also get plenty of references to take you higher and higher.


Head Online

On the other hand, if the online world is your oyster, make sure you’re putting it to good use. It’s there for everyone to use after all, and when you’ve a wi-fi signal at your disposal, there’s so much you could do. For example, you can easily find an Online BBA Program to invest your time and effort in, and you’re going to come out of the other side with a degree that’s nationally recognised.

And you can usually complete these programs in your own time. So don’t underestimate the power an online learning system can give you. Or you could simply go online to find people just like you, to share advice and concerns. And to find the people who are searching for someone like you to fill a position they have open. It could be a simple commission or a full-time job, and it’s just waiting for you to apply to it! Look for sites that collect these openings together and apply to every ad you see; it could turn out well.

Training for a career is never something done lightly, but it’s something you can absolutely do. If you’re striving to get what you want at the end of the day, you’re doing a good job with the baby steps you feel like you’re taking.

Are you training for a new career? How are you finding it?


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Freelance Careers for the Financially Savvy


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Working from home is the ideal for many people because it allows us to have the best of both worlds. You have a source of employment that you enjoy and the income that comes along with it, and you have the freedom to work from home to your own schedule (most of the time) with no more long boring commutes to deal with – it’s pretty great. Which is why freelance careers are amazing. 

If you’re someone who has a strong head for figures, one of the best ways to earn money as a freelancer is by getting into the financial sector. You wouldn’t necessarily think that there are many finance-related jobs you can do as a freelancer, but that is rapidly changing and there are plenty of rewarding options for the financially savvy amongst you…


Day Trading

Day traders are people who buy stocks, hold them for a short amount of time and then trade them on again, often making multiple trades in minutes, hours and certainly days. All you need to do this job – and I use the term loosely because it is much different than most jobs – is a decent amount of capital to get you started and a detailed knowledge of the stock market. Sure, you don’t have the much in the way of job security, but you have the potential to earn hundreds, even thousands of pounds each and every day and far more flexibility than you’d get with most other jobs, even freelance ones. I won’t lie and say it’s an easy thing to do, but if you have mental and emotional stamina, serious financial savvy and a working knowledge of the markets, it can be an extremely rewarding career choice.


Bookkeeping and Accounting

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You’ll need to train and get qualified to do this, but thanks to the abundance of affordable and flexible online masters in finance, accounting, etc., this shouldn’t be too difficult, and if you love working with figures it will definitely be worth it. More and more small and medium-sized companies, in particular, are hiring bookkeepers and accountants on a freelance basis to keep their costs down and this means there are plenty of great opportunities out there to pick up clients and earn a regular income in the finance sector.


Financial Writing

If you’re as good with words as you are figures, then a career as a freelance financial writer would be the right move for you. Experienced writers in a wide range of topics are always in demand now that the internet has us all reading so much more, so it really isn’t difficult to find work writing about personal finance, investments, banking, cryptocurrency and so on. Of course, if you don’t want to rely on others to give you work, you could even set up your own financial blog and try to make a living that way – blogging really is the ultimate in career freedom in the internet age!


Do you work in the finance industry as a freelancer? What is it you do? Do you like prefer freelancing to a regular 9-5?


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Psst, These Are The Things Employers Really Look For on Job Applications

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When a job gets posted online, employers generally have to sift through hundreds sometimes even thousands of applications to whittle down to the perfect employee. If you want to stand a chance and make sure that you’re in the running (when there are so many others in the same boat) there are a few things you can do. Here’s what employers will be looking for when searching through job applications.


A Good Cover Letter

A good cover letter will sum up why you’re right for the position. Be sure to highlight your skills and explain why you’re suited to the role, but don’t ramble. In many cases, a good cover letter could make the employer taking a closer look at your CV. Tailor each cover letter you send for each job. Look through the application to find out what skills they’re looking for, and be sure to mention these with your relevant experience.


Good Education

Education really is is one of the best ways you can improve your career prospects. Between you and a similar candidate, an employer will almost always choose the one with the better education. Even if you didn’t do the best in school, these days there are online college courses you can do which will show you’re dedicated to getting the job you want. Achieving a qualification this way can also show that you’re focused, motivated and able to see something through to the end. You could choose a course specifically for the job you want. For example an online master of public safety for a public safety role. Or you could do a broader course. Take psychology, the skills learned here would be useful for many kinds of jobs.


Voluntary Work

Volunteering is another way to show that you’re serious about getting experience in the job you want. And that you’re prepared to work hard without money being a motivator. It shows that you take your career seriously and this can be very appealing to employers. There are lots of ways you can get experience through volunteering. For example if you wanted to work in mental health you could volunteer with a hospital or a mental health charity. Volunteering abroad always looks impressive too, and shows you have taken time out of your own life to go and help others. It’s not always the stuff directly relating to the career that will help you to stand out.


Interesting Hobbies

With that being said, another thing that will help you to stand out which isn’t career related is your hobbies. Most people put down things like ‘going to the gym’ and ‘socialising’ which is fair enough, but certainly won’t help you stand out from the crowd. Don’t lie here, instead use it as an excuse to go and find some interesting and exciting hobbies. This can help to show employers a bit about your personality and whether you would be a good fit for the company. For example, social hobbies show you work well with other people. Technical hobbies like crafts show that you’re creative and good with manual tasks.


When last did you submit a job application? How do you find the whole job application process?


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