Finance #LikeaGirl: Interview with LaTisha Styles
“Step outside of your comfort zone and try new work that is challenging and makes you a bit uncomfortable. Learning does not stop after college. If you’re unsure what you want to do after you graduate, seek out a mentor that can help guide you.” -LaTisha Styles
Like many of us, LaTisha Styles was confronted with a post-grad conundrum. She had a degree but didn’t know what she could do with it. Instead of settling, she made a career change, making her a wonderful example of doing it #likeagirl.
Miss Millennia Magazine: Tell me a little about yourself?
LaTisha Styles: I am a 30 something entrepreneur with a passion for all things finance. I am the founder of Young Finances, a website teaching simple personal finance for millennials. I am also a full-time investment analyst, a mother, a wife, and an avid baker. My specialty is homemade chocolate chip cookies.
M3: What brought you to finance?
LaTisha: I came to finance after graduating from college with a Spanish degree that I was not able to use. So I made the decision to go back to college. I decided to major in finance because I was curious to see how the banks made so much money from me. At the time, I was in debt from credit cards, a car loan, and student loans. After taking my first finance, 101 class, I was hooked. I enjoyed learning about how time changes the value of money and how you can truly create money out of thin air. That is what prompted me to start my website, Young Finances. When I started, all I had been a WordPress installation and a passion to teach. Since I started it has grown into a full-time income. That income, along with income from a full-time job in finance allowed me to pay off over $32,000 of consumer debt in just three years.
M3: How has been your experience as a woman in your area of work?
LaTisha: The field of finance is definitely male dominated. In particular, investing and investment banking. As a woman, I actually have an advantage. One of the top fears of investment managers is the idea of “group think.” That is when everyone agrees just because everyone is agreeing. As a female, I often approach an investment idea differently and I can bring those ideas to the table to help the group think on a different course.
M3: What inspires you?
LaTisha: I am inspired by my peers that are going out there every day and making life happen. I have the privilege of calling some great female friends. They are trailblazing millennials and making a name for themselves. I get so motivated when I see them growing careers or succeeding in their business.
M3: What’s your favorite part of your job?
LaTisha: My favorite part of my job is helping others with their finances. I love when I can help someone find extra money in their budget to help pay down debt. Or inspire someone to start a side hustle that helps them earn a little extra on the side. I believe that everyone has the desire to be financially free. We all want the freedom of choice. Freedom to move where we want, travel where and when we want, sleep in if we want and financial freedom allows for those choices.
M3: Any tips for women who want to get into finance?
LaTisha: The best tip I can offer is this one: find a mentor. I have a mentor that has been invaluable to me. There are a lot of networks in finance and in the corporate world in general. It is important to have a mentor that can help you understand the unspoken office politics and guide you to be your best.
M3: Top Advice for a Millennial woman?
LaTisha: Step outside of your comfort zone and try new work that is challenging and makes you a bit uncomfortable. Learning does not stop after college. If you’re unsure what you want to do after you graduate, seek out a mentor that can help guide you. And if you need help with your resume or want to hear more of my story of how I graduated and had no idea what to do, check out my latest book at GradNowWhat.com.
To learn more about LaTisha check out her website Young Finances and on Twitter @YoungFinances.
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Thanks again for the opportunity!