Last Updated on Dec 19, 2019 by James W

Do you find yourself spending the whole month waiting for payday? That one sweet moment where you take a look at your bank balance and get to day, “Yeah, I’m pretty happy with that”? How long does that moment last? A few days? Maybe a week? How long before all of your direct debits; your rent or mortgage, utility bills, taxes, credit cards or loan repayments and the little luxuries like Netflix or cable TV decimate your bank balance? For many of us, no matter how hard we work, no matter how much we go the extra mile, it seems like our paycheck never quite reflects the time and effort we put in at work.

Unfortunately, this is unlikely to get better of its own accord. That glass ceiling will continue to loom over your household finances unless you take matters into your own hands. As unpalatable as it may be, if your boss continues to overlook you for promotion and / or professional development year after year, you need to take matters into your own hands. Invest your free time and effort into improving your knowledge and skills and professional contacts. While this may require you to manage your free time a little more rigorously and in many cases may require a capital investment of some sort, it’s an investment that could well change your time. Here are just a few ways you can make the time to smash the glass ceiling…

Community college

Did the chance to go to university pass you by? Or does the degree you earned no longer reflect the direction in which you want to take your career? In either case, community college may be an excellent alternative to going back to campus. Community college has a number of advantages over university learning for those whose career has already begun including;

  • Far more affordable
  • More flexible schedule with a range of evening classes
  • Smaller classes to make learning easier and more personal
  • Well qualified and learned professors

If you learn best in a classroom environment but your finances and personal schedule aren’t conducive to college, community college is a fantastic alternative.

Online learning

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The beauty of online learning is that it gives you college-level credit with a plethora of support but complete flexibility so that you can manage your work, whatever your financial or familial commitments. Another sizeable benefit of online learning is that no matter where your career and passions trake you, there’s a plethora of online courses to help you achieve your dreams. From an online RN BSN for nurses to an MA in architecture or any other academic or vocational qualification you can imagine. Online learning offers a huge variety of completely accredited courses with the flexibility to suit you.

Networking events

Sometimes, you may have all the right skills and knowledge, but may languish in your career because you don’t have the right contacts. Networking events can be nerve wracking and it’s important to know how to play the game and meet people without coming across as a salesperson but when you master how to conduct yourself at a networking event they can really help you get noticed and launch your career into the stratosphere.

Every day I’m side hustlin’!

Finally, if you are happy in your job and career but would still benefit from a little additional income, devote some of your free time to a side hustle. Wherever your skills or passions lie, there’s a way to monetize it in the digital world from making money from your blog to getting paid to be a mystery shopper. Check out our guide to making extra money with a minimum of effort.

If your career is no longer working for you, it’s time to use the means at your disposal to put yourself back in the driving seat!


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