When it comes to life after high school, we could all use a little help. Thankfully, there's this glorious thing called the internet. Buried in it is the power to rule the world. Or at least, succeed as a young adult. Whether you're looking for free online courses, tools for combating debt, scholarships opportunities, or job hunting assistance, there are online resources for you!
These are a few of I've discovered that are legitimately helpful. This page will be updated from time to time as I discover new resources. If you have one you'd like to share, feel free to email me at Timothy@thisblankpage.com.
Debt Tracking and Financial Tools
Map out your debt and financial freedom one loan at a time. Unbury.us is the best debt repayment calculator/visualizer/forecaster that I've seen.
The concept is simple. Enter your separate loan and debt amounts, interest rates, and monthly payments. Input the amount you're capable of putting towards your debt each month. And finally, whether you're paying by avalanche (highest interest rate) or snowball (lowest debts first).
Just give it a try, and you'll likely be impressed.
What if saving money was easy? What if it was so subtle, you didn't even notice money was being taken from your income?
Digit is an app that syncs with your bank account and begins to study your financial fluctuations. A few days after activation, it begins to set aside incremental amounts of money based on your cash flow.
Using algorithms and science, it takes amounts small enough that you won't even notice they're gone. But the savings stack up. Next thing you know, you'll have a couple hundred bucks set aside.
Free Online Training and Education
I've actually spend a fair amount of hands on time at Codecademy, and I can say it is the real deal. You can learn how to code just about anything through some of the most intuitive digital lessons I've ever participated in.
If you have enough self motivation, you could become a tried-and-true coder and program with the help of Codecademy
If you're anything like me, you enjoyed your high school foreign language about as much as a cat enjoys water. And yet, the idea of knowing a second (or third or fourth) language is very appealing.
Why not learn one on your own pace for free?
Duolingo offers a surprisingly intuitive online learning experience that puts my college Spanish class's tools to shame. Using a point system, badges, and friendly email reminders, learning a new language has never been more pleasant.
Coursera is one of the forerunners of MOOCs (massive open online courses). What started as essentially free online classes from reputable colleges and universities has turned into a new type of post-secondary education.
Today, many of Coursera's classes cost money and can even be transferred as college credits, but there are still free options. If you're trying to stay sharp, explore a new subject, or you want to dip your toes in the collegiate world, this is a great place to start.