Gone are the days where it’s necessary to go into debt to start a great career.

What if, instead of going to a 4-year university, you did this:

  1. Pick 8 skills that can make you money.
  2. Study each one for 6 months.
  3. Get certifications if you need to, but focus more on finishing projects that showcase your proficiency in the skill.

Examples of the kind of skills I’m talking about: Photography

  • Copywriting
  • Programming
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Facebook Ads
  • Options Trading
  • Personal Training
  • Video Editing
  • Sales
  • Content Writing
  • Graphic Design
  • Public Adjusting
  • Interior Design
  • Hair Styling

…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The point isn’t to exhaust any of these skills or master them completely. It’s to get a base foundation in the skills so you can build on them later and make money using them.

By the time your peers graduate, you would have not 1, but 8 potential sources of income. By this time you probably know which one(s) you enjoy the most and can double down/ start making money doing something you love.

This approach also frees you up to get a full-time job while you’re studying if you choose to do so.

So you’re…

  1. Saving money on student loans.
  2. MAKING money while you study.
  3. Finding out what you love.
  4. Setting yourself up for future success.

We live in a world where Harvard and other universities have free online courses with certifications. Coursera and other platforms offer verified courses in practically everything. Even LinkedIn has oodles of resources and certifications.All of this is at the fingertips of the people who choose to leverage it.

Be one of those people.

This post originally appeared on lolitaallgyer.com.