Who said the only way to learn about money was to read articles on top of articles? Financial education is all around us—provided you look closely enough. Increase your awareness with the SALT™ Blog video of the week, picked fresh from YouTube.
Last weekend, there was a VMA outbreak, and it left us with a trail of money-related lessons to discover. (If this doesn’t look like someone who will definitely need an emergency fund, I don’t know what does.)
Picking one moment to focus on was easy, however. As NSYNC would say themselves (though, unfortunately, not in their brief 110-second reunion): “It’s gonna be me.” So, here we go …
Like most things at the VMAs, the lesson for the above clip was obvious (subtlety is not so much a virtue in the music industry). Of course, I’m talking about the importance of maintaining your professional network.
We know how to use your network to find a dream job. However, what if you’ve already moved on to better things, like JT has? Well, that doesn’t mean you should forget about the people who helped get you there.
Even after you’ve found a new job, stay in touch with your old contacts and coworkers. You never know when they may come in handy, whether its with an introduction or a killer “matrix” dance move. (Maybe not the latter with Lance, though. Keep up, Bass!). So, connect with them on LinkedIn, send an email, or pop by the old office.
And if you’re worried about things being awkward, don’t. Most people are happy to stay connected because most recognize that networking isn’t “no strings attached.” Both of you should get something out of the relationship—even if it’s just people remembering who you are. Don’t abuse these connections (looking at you, Mr. “Baby Baby Baby” Chasez), and you’ll be fine.
This, I promise you.
(PS: And someone be sure to share this with One Direction. Take your hands out of your pockets and take some notes, boys! Not all of us get to look into our future.)
Did you learn something from NSYNC or the VMAs? Share your lessons in the comments.