You or the person you know interested in working has just achieved success by securing a job. Having a job is something to be proud of and a great achievement on the path to financial independence.
If you have not had a job before or worked for some time, transitioning to work can be difficult, but we are here to provide you information on how to succeed in a new job. This series of messages will provide you with information and guidance about keeping a job, transitioning to a new career and achieving financial independence. Here are some tips for preparing for the first day on your new job.
The first day on a new job can be exciting (and maybe a little scary), and it's common to be nervous. You may have to absorb a lot of information. Making some decisions beforehand will help you be more relaxed and ready.
Before the first day of the job, you should:
During the first week, you should:
Meeting new people and getting new information will make the first day zip by. After the first day of work, you might go home feeling tired and overwhelmed. The good news is that the first day only happens once! Each day the daily routine gets easier and more understandable, and opportunities begin to emerge to start building a career.
One key to making the journey to financial independence a success is to learn about the basics of financial literacy, which includes managing your personal finances. Having this knowledge not only improves your financial health, it can improve overall health as well.
Money can often be a source of stress for many people. So it's important to start taking control of your finances today.
To learn how to take control of your finances and build a financially independent future, we recommend visiting MyMoney.gov. MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. The site can help you prepare for life events (e.g. births, buying a home, losing a job, retirement) that can affect your finances. Check out the money management tools, such as worksheets for setting up a household budget and a financial savings calculator to get started today!
For more money management tips, visit our blog series Money Monday: Your Path to Financial Independence. Created to teach and inspire, the blog series provides detailed information on managing money to help you achieve financial independence. Sign up to receive blog updates so you don’t miss our weekly tips!
An overpayment occurs when Social Security pays you or someone you know more in benefits than you should have been paid. This usually happens when you fail to report to Social Security, or fail to report to them in a timely manner, a change in living situation, marital status, work status or amount of income received.
Overpayments can be stressful, but they are also avoidable! Learning about which changes, income and events must be reported, when they must be reported and the best way to report them can protect you from an overpayment situation.
Here are a few steps you can take to protect your earnings by avoiding overpayments:
Did you know that after Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services end, you can assign your Ticket to an Employment Network (EN) and enjoy continued support at each stage of your journey to financial independence? This can happen through an arrangement called “Partnership Plus.”
After VR services end, you may find that you need services to help you keep your job and increase your earnings over time. That’s why state VR agencies often partner with ENs that provide job retention services and other types of ongoing employment support.
Why work with an EN now? The right EN will provide the services needed to maintain a job and continue to advance toward work goals.
You can talk with as many ENs as needed to see what they have to offer. Ask questions to find the best match and check to see if they have an EN Profile in the Find Help Tool at www.choosework.net for details on their services and performance. Remember to take notes as you talk to each EN and compare the services they offer with what you need. Learn more about choosing the right EN!
Partnership Plus arrangements vary from state to state. Ask your VR counselor how it can work for you! For more information, read our blog Partnership Plus: Service Providers Working Together for Your Success or contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V); 866-833-2967 (TTY) or firstname.lastname@example.org.