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Financial Literacy

The 3 disciplines for wealth building

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Discipline to Save

We are all limited by the number of years we have to be able to run around actively. A twenty-year-old today probably has another 20–30 years of active working life left. This is to say, as we age, the physical labour we can offer reduces. This period is when we can set the foundation of our wealth.

The moment you have decided to build up your wealth then you should take action towards making it happen by starting a dedicated savings account. Irrespective of the amount you decide to save periodically, your savings should be automated to make it easier to achieve discipline and consistency.

Now in picking a savings account, it is important to find one with zero or minimal fees and with considerable returns. Your saved up cash should not sit in a bank, it should work for you to generate returns. For instance, if you saved up 1M Naira in 2017, at 10% interest per annum and one year later, the money should have increased by itself to 1.1M Naira. This is how you grow wealth, steadily. Try out CowryWise today.

Discipline to delay gratification

If you look around you, you’ll probably notice that we are surrounded by advertisements that are aimed at making us spend money on things we do not need. The new iPhone, the new cars, the new designer labels, the new shoes…the list is endless.

If you have a goal of becoming wealthy someday, you should learn to postpone buying these things till you have well enough. This is not to say you shouldn’t enjoy some life’s little luxuries. The point here is that you could always delay buying luxuries till you achieve your important money goals. You should learn to live way below your income.

Or better, ask these questions: Do I need this item to survive? Does this item bring me additional cash? Am I buying this to impress my friends?

Discipline to ignore the Joneses

The Joneses are all around us. They are those families and friends who spend money just to impress others. Our neighbours with all the flashy toys, our friends who buy the latest gadgets to show off but are barely able to pay their rent.

To be like the Joneses is to spend your little savings on what the Joneses are buying. This never-ending race to be like the Joneses always leads us to making poor financial decisions that are detrimental to wealth building.

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When making any purchasing decision, it is important to ensure we‘re not trying to live life as dictated by others.

We will like to hear from you if you have identified additional disciplines required for wealth building!

Download the CowryWise App from Google Play store and start saving and investing or visit the CowryWise website.

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Financial Literacy

Steps to take to bag international scholarships

Here are the steps you should take if interested in pursuing international scholarships.

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United Kingdom opens window of job opportunities for international students

Studying abroad gives you exposure among many other things, and that is precisely why many Nigerians have been looking for ways to study abroad. However, not everybody is privileged with the resources to study overseas and this is where the international scholarship option comes in.

If you are interested in studying abroad and don’t have enough funds, you should consider applying for international scholarships. This article lists the steps you can take to bag international scholarships but before delving into that, here are some types of scholarships available to you as an international student:

  • Location-based scholarships
  • Course or program-based scholarships
  • Sports-related scholarships
  • Research-based scholarships
  • University-funded scholarships
  • Organization-funded scholarships
  • Government-funded scholarships

Having discovered the types of international scholarships available to you, here are the steps you should take to bag any of these international scholarships.

Research: Research is vital if you don’t want to miss out on good opportunities or make mistakes during your application. Research scholarship opportunities available in your prospective college or location and be on the lookout for hidden scholarships.

Check your eligibility: Having done thorough research and discovered the available scholarship opportunities, check to see if you are eligible for them. Many international scholarships have their criteria and requirement, so you should confirm that you are the right fit first.

Get the required documents: After confirming your eligibility, you should get the necessary documents. If the scholarship requires you to write an exam, prepare for the exam, write a good statement of purpose and prepare all other documents.

Start your admission process: Some international scholarships require that you start your admission process and probably get the admission before starting your scholarship application.

Contact past scholarship winners: You might want to contact the previous scholarship winners to know what they did right and how you can learn from them.

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Apply for the available scholarships: The last step is to apply to every available scholarship.

The best way to get funds for your undergraduate, postgraduate, or PhD pursuits abroad is by applying for international scholarships. If you do thorough research, you can find fully funded scholarships that won’t require you to pay any amount. One of the essential steps to getting an international scholarship as a Nigerian is staying abreast of current information and this will require you to network with others.

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How to stay employable amidst massive unemployment

Here are some ways to stay employable amidst massive unemployment.

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With the advancement in technology and change in traditional job roles, the workspace is constantly changing. The recent Covid-19 crisis and its consequent economic downturn have rendered many people who were employed jobless, thereby increasing the rate of unemployment. Surviving in an ever-evolving and uncertain labour market, therefore, becomes a great deal of work which requires improved thinking pattern, continued professional development, life-long learning, and the ability to adapt.

Here are some ways to stay employable amidst massive unemployment:

1. Build your expertise

Companies and organizations are looking for individuals with ideas and knowledge that will shape the company’s growth. Learning more about your field will give you an edge over others. It will also enable you to discover new tools and strategies to adopt, that will keep you marketable and make you an attractive hire.

2. Be receptive to change and emerging innovations

Life-long learning is a habit that has to be encouraged if anyone hopes to stay employable. To remain relevant in the workforce, you need to build your competence beyond past qualifications and ideas. Receptiveness to change and emerging innovations will keep you abreast with what is in your career field.

3. Enhance your job-related skills

Landing a job is challenging. It is even more difficult during an economic downturn when companies are laying off workers. One of the strategies to stay marketable is to find ways to improve your job skills. Individuals can learn skills that align with current employability needs by taking up training and courses relevant to their career scope.

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4. Be Savvy on Social Media Platforms

The recruitment sector is gradually gaining a presence on social media. Many recruitment agencies take to social media to look for and assess prospective candidates for some job opportunities. Building a strong social media profile and network will help to build relationships with peers and potential employers. This network will increase your chances of landing a job. Building a network in career fields of interest will keep you abreast of information and opportunities in your career path.

5. Refine your soft skills

As traditional work environments are replaced gradually by remote or virtual workspaces, companies are looking for individuals with soft skills like leadership, managerial competence, creativity, time management, good communication skills, etc. Individuals looking to stay employable have to develop soft skills that will help them remain economically viable. Many organizations do not just want to hire skilled people but also self-regulated and innovative individuals able to carry out tasks independently.

6. Be Confident 

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Self-confidence will make you more assertive about your skills, knowledge, and abilities. Confident individuals can communicate their ideas more eloquently and convincingly. This personality will make them stand out and portray them as relevant hands needed in any organization.

Staying employable in today’s ever-changing and competitive work environment is a process of evaluation, learning, and adaptation.

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