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Networking - Build Valuable Connections

Written By: Sandi MacCalla, Founder - LifeSkills Academy ~ 7/15/2024

Networking isn't just attending events or exchanging business cards. It's building meaningful relationships that propel work/business progress. Here's why it matters:

  1. Why Network?
    • Access: By connecting with others, you stay informed on trending developments in your field. It provides exposure to industry news, key connections, and valuable insights.

    • Career Advancement: Your network can recommend contacts, job opportunities, mentorship, and promotions. It is not just what you know; it is who you know.

  2. Quality over quantity is essential. Consider these strategies:
    • BLOGPOST_Networking07152024.jpgHave an Intent: Are you seeking:
      • Mentorship
      • Job opportunities
      • Connections
      • Industry knowledge
        Tailor your efforts to key values.

    • Arrival and Introductions: When attending in person or online, arrive early. Introduce yourself confidently and genuinely be interested in others.

    • Exchange Business Cards: While digital connections are common, business cards still matter. They leave a lasting impression and trigger name recognition.

    • Follow Up: After meeting someone, follow up promptly. Send a personalized email on a shared interest or connect on LinkedIn.

  3. Purpose
    • Know Your WHY of networking. Is it to be a resource or to learn/collaborate/find new opportunities?

"My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don't keep score."
~ Harvey Mackay

Networking promotes reciprocity. Freely offer value to others and it will come back to you. Whether you are attending events, connecting online, or nurturing existing relationships, intentional networking transforms your professional journey.

Additional Resources:

  1. Coursera: 9 Networking Tips
  2. Forbes: Networking for Value
  3. MarketSplash: 10 Networking Trends

At LifeSkills Academy, we equip individuals with essential life skills. Our e-learning classes cover a range of topics: Etiquette/Social Intelligence, Financial Skills, and Personal Organization. Our dedicated team of educators—seasoned business professionals, all boast proven success in the world of commerce.

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Motivating Your Job Search Journey

Written By: Sandi MacCalla, Founder - LifeSkills Academy ~ 7/8/2024

Staying motivated during a job search is challenging. But it’s crucial for staying on course, maintaining momentum, and achieving success. Here are nine effective strategies to keep your drive high:

  1. BLOGPOST_MotivatingJobSearch07082024.jpgWhere do you do your best reflecting?
    • Take time to think about your aspirations. Consider the industries that interest you, your ideal income, preferred location(s), work/activity preferences, and more.
    • Use these reflections to design a long-range plan (journal, spreadsheet, et al). Break it down into actionable steps, such as gaining experience in an entry-level position, connecting with others doing that work, and pursuing further education/specialization in your chosen field.

  2. Identify Career Role Models:
    • Connect with professionals in your field who inspire you. They can provide motivation, guidance, and clarity.
    • Whether they’re personal connections, industry experts, or celebrities, learn from their journeys and accomplishments.

  3. Create a Job Search Schedule:
    • Establish a routine for your job search. Set aside specific times, daily or weekly, to focus on research, planning, networking, applications, and interviewing.
    • Consistency helps maintain motivation and keeps you on track.

  4. Celebrate Wins:
    • Acknowledge and celebrate every achievement, no matter the size. Completing an application, receiving positive feedback, or securing an interview—all count as wins.
    • Celebrating progress boosts your spirit and keeps you motivated.

  5. Prioritize Your Health:
    • Job searching is mentally and emotionally draining. Prioritize personal care—get enough rest, eat well, and exercise.
    • A healthy body and mind sustain motivation.

  6. Socialize and Network:
    • Isolation can dampen motivation. Connect with friends, family, and professional contacts.
    • Attend networking events, virtual meetups, and industry conferences. Building relationships leads to opportunities.

  7. Set Specific Goals:
    • Define clear objectives for your job search. Whether applying to several jobs per week or securing interviews, having specific targets keeps you focused and inspired.
    • Assess your progress regularly and adjust your efforts as needed.

  8. Unplug from Social Media (Sometimes):
    • While social media is a valuable tool, it can also be exhausting and overwhelming.
    • Take breaks from scrolling through job boards and notifications. Recharge by engaging in other activities that energize you.

  9. Stay Positive and Persistent:
    • Redirects are part of the process. Don’t let them demotivate you.
    • Cultivate a positive mindset, stay resilient, and believe in your abilities. The right opportunity is waiting to meet you!

Consider: motivation fuels your job search journey. Keep moving forward, and success will follow! 🚀


At LifeSkills Academy, we equip individuals with essential life skills. Our e-learning classes cover a range of topics: Etiquette/Social Intelligence, Financial Skills, and Personal Organization. Our dedicated team of educators—seasoned business professionals, all boast proven success in the world of commerce.

If you want to stay informed about our classes, valuable life skills content, and updates, we encourage you to sign up for our newsletters and class notices. Join us on the journey of continuous learning and personal growth. Let's build a foundation for success in life and our world together.


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Budgeting: It's Part of Life

Written by David Dixon, EdS ~ 7/1/2024

Starting as a college student/young adult can be a scary time. You have just finished high school and you are making your own money and decisions. It’s important to make wise decisions so you don’t face the consequences for years to come. This is why financial literacy is important. In this blog, we are focusing on an important part of life as an adult - budgeting

As a rule of thumb, you should plan to:

  • spend no more than 80% of your monthly earnings.

  • place 20% into Savings.

One popular method is the 50/30/20 budget. This type of budget proposes:

  • spending 50% of your monthly take-home pay on necessities/debts

  • 30% on wants

  • 20% on savings.

By budgeting, you create a pathway to financial stability by keeping a tab on expenses, creating and following a plan. Building a budget allows you to plan your spending, pay bills on time, create and maintain an emergency/savings fund.

The savings account can be further divided:

  • emergency fund

  • long-term key purchases such as saving for major expenses like a car or home.

A budget puts you on a stable financial pathway for the present and the future.

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” ~ Ayn Rand

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At LifeSkills Academy, we equip individuals with essential life skills. Our e-learning classes cover a range of topics: Etiquette/Social Intelligence, Financial Skills, and Personal Organization. What sets us apart is our dedicated team of educators—seasoned business professionals, all boasting proven success in the world of commerce.

If you want to stay informed about our classes, valuable life skills content, and updates, we encourage you to sign up for our newsletters and class notices. Join us on the journey of continuous learning and personal growth. Let's build a foundation for success in life and our world together.


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