The First Step to Being in Control of Your Money

The First Step to Being in Control of Your Money

If we think about this in terms of personal finance, being able to achieve one’s goals is dependent on skillfully managing a significant number of areas.  These range from having a plan that advances towards our goals, creating a budget for those goals and ensuring we stick to that budget, to honing in on careers and jobs that are fairly well remunerated, negotiating our salaries, using debt to help us not hold us back and making wise investments with the money we do have. 

Each of these areas is unique and requires a breadth of different skills and activities.   So developing a plan that gets me to my goals requires me to spend time thinking about the life I would like to lead, researching and understanding the costs associated with that life, having clarity on my passions, skills and resources so I can figure out how I can pay for it, and learning about how others have gotten there.   Some of the key skills here are self-awareness, critical thinking, planning and problem solving. 

The Really Really - How students are working to cut down their expenses

The Really Really - How students are working to cut down their expenses

We know the struggles students face with tuition fees increasing 40%[1] in the last decade, increase in precarious work and frozen minimum wages that are far from living wages. 

In trying to help students succeed within this challenging environment, Strive has been identifying and sharing strategies students are using to manage their money and achieve their goals.  We hosted Finesse Your Finances at York University and gathered great insights into what students are doing today to set themselves up for success.

Avoid the job maze; Top 3 strategies to build your dream career

Avoid the job maze; Top 3 strategies to build your dream career

Finishing up school can be both exciting and scary.  It is a celebration of years of learning, studying and plain old hard work.  It is also the entrance into the ever-changing world of work.  With youth unemployment rate at 11%[1], this can be daunting.  From side hustle to precariousness to endless job applications, figuring out the best way to build a career is like a challenging maze at best.

I spoke to Dianne about student success strategies, common pitfalls and the breadth of resources available to support students in career planning and am sharing her insights below. 

6 STEPS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE LEAP TO HOME OWNERSHIP

6 STEPS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE LEAP TO HOME OWNERSHIP

We’ve all seen the numbers - the housing market is racing forward as incomes are left in the dust with little to no growth and an increase in precarious work. A member of my Strive group recently asked for some insights on how to get into the housing market. I thought back to the many Strive interviews I have conducted as well as my experiences and pulled together a top 6 list that may be helpful if you are in the process of trying to make that leap.