Friday 29th September Newsletter
Employability booster, crushing goals, desert side hustle, plus more career goodness…
Hello Friday, goodbye September! 👋 Let’s wrap up the week and month with:
Desert treasures: How a couple turned an abandoned inn into a dream rental.
Employability booster: The power of volunteering to enhance your skills.
Goal-setting, goal-crushing: A planner to help you achieve your ambitions.
THE BIG IDEA
Living big in the desert 🌵
Back in 2015, Sara and Richard Combs (who are currently in their mid-to-late 30s) quit their jobs to start their own hospitality business, The Joshua Tree House. Browsing for properties a few years later, in 2018, Richard came across an abandoned inn in Tucson, AZ. The property sat on 38 acres of empty canyon and had not been touched in 10 years. 🏜️
Through borrowing from family and friends as well as a small-business lender, the couple were able to secure the inn and arrange the renovations necessary for the place to come alive once more.
As of 2023, the rooms are available for $ 200–600 a night. Alternatively, guests can book the entire 7-bedroom inn starting at $ 2,200 a night. The property features a hot tub in the style of a hot spring, an olive grove, a canyon pool, a walking trail and a fire pit. Dreamy, no? 🌙
TOGETHER WITH ASCENT
Don’t let tuition costs hold you back
Ascent’s cosigned and non-cosigned student loan options can help you invest in your future AND prepare you for your career 🎓
They’ll set you up for success with:
A quick, easy application + zero fees
Graduate and receive 1 % of your total borrowed amount back*
1:1 coaching* to help you graduate on time and find a career you love
The power of giving back
Volunteering isn’t just for students who want to pad their résumé; it’s for everyone at every stage in their careers. Whether it’s offering pro bono services or volunteering at your local animal shelter or designing a website for a charity, you’ll benefit in several ways — including:
🎨 You develop your skill set. This includes public speaking, communication, teamwork, leadership and general social skills.
🧑🤝🧑 You broaden your network. You meet people who share similar interests, allowing you to make friends or useful industry connections.
💼 You become more employable. It shows future (and current) employers that you’re driven, and it can be a good way to enter a field you’re volunteering in.
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🎞️ The movies that will inspire your career.
📱 Love social media? This career might be right up your alley.
🌱 Office plants that will zhuzh up your workplace.
Remember why you started
Whether it’s learning an additional skill or forming healthier habits, staying committed to accomplishing goals isn’t always easy. If you break down your goal into manageable steps, remind yourself why the goal matters and keep track of your progress, the going gets easier. Our Goal Planner helps you do just that!
Stay tuned for more awesome gifts…
ASK AN EXPERT
How to be happy again 😊
Got a question about your career, job search or résumé? Our experts have the answers!
This week, Maria D from Seattle, WA asks:
💭 I’m unhappy at work. What should I do?
Firstly, you need to determine if you’re just in a slump that will pass over time (everyone’s been there!) or if you’re truly in a situation that you can’t see ending. Then, start thinking about what needs to change to make you happy — be it reducing your workload, requesting additional responsibilities or changing jobs altogether — and how you can go about making these changes. If it’s your line of work that makes you unhappy, then you might even want to consider changing careers — our career test over at CareerHunter can point you into the right direction!
— Chris Leitch, Career and Résumé Expert
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