How Does a Woman’s First Salary Change Her Life?
For any woman, the first taste of her hard earned money is glorious and something to cherish for the rest of her life. It can bring a significant upturn to her life and her family and this will automatically affect her mental state very positively. Financial independence is one of the most important factors that affect the quality and of one’s life and equally so for women.
In India, with more women entering higher education every year, we now have 27% women who are enrolled in tertiary education. This is a great achievement, and in many disciplines in universities, we have women outnumbering men in the class. Although this is a refreshing development, the number of women involved in the labour force in India still requires a lot more progress. Despite educational gains, as of 2017, we have only 28.5% women participating in the labour force in India. At Fair & Lovely Career Foundation, we strive every day to make the women our country aware of the importance of being financially independent and self-sufficient. As a part of this endeavour, we are launching the First Salary campaign at the Fair & Lovely Career Foundation in order to inspire and encourage the women of our country to become independent.
If you are one of those women who hasn't started working and earning money yet, then these are a few things that will help you understand how your first salary, or Pehli Tankhwa, can change your life for the better:
1. You become financially independent
Making your own hard-earned money is the most liberating feeling in the world. This financial freedom can instantly help boost your confidence and help you realize your self-worth. The ability to spend money made from your hard work will make you feel mentally peaceful and happy.
2. You are better respected in society and family
With the arrival of a woman’s Pehli Tankhwa, the entire family and society start looking at her in a different light. There’s far more respect when you bring in the money needed to run the house. Although it is not always true that money and respect go hand-in-hand, in most cases if you make hard earned money you do get to enjoy a different state of respect.
3. You have better control over life
Earning your first salary brings a lot of mental control and peace. Knowing that you have a better grip on your life and financial status makes you feel much more confident.
4. You learn life skills
Travelling on a daily basis to your workplace, meeting new people every day, handling different kinds of things, confronting new challenges- a combination of all these things, make you a better person and a stronger individual every day.
5. Your family prospers
Every individual who is at the right age and has the capability to work should do it. Your family will become financially stronger and benefit from your earnings. Research shows that women are more likely to invest their earning into their family's health and education than men are.
6. You feel empowered
Women's empowerment is something that has been discussed at length for quite some time now. At Fair & Lovely Career Foundation, we strive to attain exactly that for the women in our country. A woman’s first salary makes her feel empowered and strong and should, ideally, give her the courage she needs to stay committed to working and earning.
Fair & Lovely Career Foundation has a number of free online courses and career guidance tests that will help enable the women of India to equip and prepare themselves for careers. Enrol in one of these soon and make sure you get on the right career path to earn your First Salary!