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4 Ways to Start Investing in Yourself

by Fatin Hafizah. |

When talking about investing, the first thing that comes to our mind is money. With the condition of the economy nowadays, it is not surprising to see young millennials have started investing for their retirement days. However, what about the idea of investing in yourself? Just a few weeks ago, a friend of mine took to Instagram to ask her followers to decide for her whether a RM 500 seminar would be worth it.

She did point out that it would benefit her in the future and even though the seminar is related to her current job, unfortunately her employer would not bear the cost which means she had to fork out that RM 500 from her own pocket and she is doubting whether it will be worth it or not. I voted ‘Yes’ on her poll simply because I am a firm believer that any investment you make for yourself, no matter how small it is will never go in vain. With the help of technology and a little bit of effort, everything is at the tip of your fingers. In this article, we are going to look at some of the ways you can start investing yourself.

1. Attend online courses

Attending online courses might be one of the easiest ways to get yourself started. Due to the fact that everything is done virtually, there is no need for you to worry about time or energy. Most of the online courses can be taken anytime that is convenient for you and not to mention, you can do it at the comfort of your own house or while just chilling in your favourite coffee shop.

Of course, some of the online courses still need some sort of payment but if you keep a lookout on it, you can score some great online discounts. However, if you want to test the water, there are a lot of free online workshops that can be found. Sites such as Skillshare is a great way for you to start and they even offer a free 2-month trial which gives you the opportunity to look around and attend a couple of courses before you commit to it fully. Aside from Skillshare, there is also Udemy. Both of these sites provide a lot of choices from various fields.

2. Get certified

Although learning something new is great, it will also help if you can get yourself certified. Aside from enhancing your skill, you can also put it in your resume. A couple of years ago, I started my working journey by becoming a freelance translator. Though I have the basic skills for the job, I realised that I cannot call myself a professional translator despite having the experience for a couple of years now.

It was not only until recently that I discovered ITBM has translation workshops which can get you certified when you have completed the course and pass the exam. Getting certified will make you seem more reliable as you will have a black and white documentation to prove to your employers or future employers (should you be just starting out or in the midst of switching fields) that you have the necessary knowledge and skill to take on the task.

3. Go to a conference or join webinars

If you think conferences and talks are only for academicians, it is time to change that mindset. Everyone is a learner in this world and you do not have to be in the academic line to attend a conference.

If going to a conference seems too intimidating for you (which I totally get) or if you would like to attend something that is less serious, you can always choose to attend sharing sessions or webinars. If you don’t know where to start, I suggest you start going back to your alma mater (if you studied locally). Talks are more likely to happen in universities and colleges so it’s best to keep track of the university’s social calendar. For easier access, you can always depend on Ted.

A few events have already been listed down on the site. Though most of the time, Ted talks do not cover professional matters, you can still consider it as an investment as we humans need to learn how to navigate our mind and emotions as well and a little inspiration every now and then can never harm anyone.

Here at Crunch, we've been hosting virtual community events too. Check out our Instagram page to find out more.

4. Start networking

If you’re an introvert, this might seem like a daunting task for you. However, if you can take on the challenge, the outcome will be rewarding. Even though most of the things can be done virtually nowadays, nothing beats offline communication. Meeting new people from various backgrounds directly, you will not only widen your network but you will also be able to build on your social skills and confidence. Start by going to small gatherings such as a book reading or poetry slams where you can stay quiet without sending the wrong impression. Then, when you feel a little bit comfortable with yourself, you can start by attending a livelier social gathering which will require you to mingle. With that note, Crunch hosts amazing Crunchin’ Mondays where you will not only be able to socialise but also help you kickstart your monthly goal in a more productive manner. If you would like to know more about it, do check out their Instagram highlights under Crunchin’ Mondays.

Investing in yourself is a form of self-love. Though it might take some time and money to see the outcome, it is definitely something worth doing. It is also an ongoing process and it is okay to start with something small as long as you start. Whether it will contribute to your knowledge, skill set, experience or network, it will help you by adding value to yourself and anything that contributes to your personal development is never a waste. So, don’t be afraid to take the challenge and start investing in yourself because you are worth it.

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