How to Invest When Market Fails

By Dimitrios Chavouzis ’21

People often don’t realize that yourself is the only stock you pretty much have to stick with. Thus, while markets fail and stocks lose their value, it is time to use all this extra time we have to increase our value. 

There are a lot of ways to work on your professional skills during quarantine. From getting certified on LinkedIn, to signing up for online courses you like, to even working on some personal projects you are passionate about, quarantine has given everybody enough time to improve and grow from this situation. Here is a list of things that will help you get more “marketable” and get you out of a potentially boring daily routine. 

  • Start the project you always thought about but never actually implemented. Having a creative personal project that you are passionate about in your resume is more important than what you might think.  
  • Get certified over LinkedIn. Find skills that apply to your dream job and get certified on them.  It might take some time to prepare for the test but at the end of the day it will totally be worth it. 
  • Sign up for the online class you always wanted to take but never had time for. Yes, you might have to pay some money and you will need to do some work. However, you get to do something productive and you end up with a credit or a certificate too.  You will be surprised how many prestigious certificates are out there waiting for you to find them. 

Life in quarantine isn’t easy. However, it is up to us to use it as creatively and productively as we can, in order to get as much out of it as we possibly can. We can either finish all the Netflix and Disney+ shows, or we can improve and grow from it. Turns out that your stock’s value can increase even when the market is failing. 

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