Gen Y & Z – Why Financial Planning is Valuable To Me
Author: Mitchell Petzke
As a younger generation, the idea of planning and managing our finances is usually pretty low on the priorities list. It takes a back-seat to uni-night drink specials, seeing our favourite bands live, and binge-watching Netflix. However, real life responsibilities and full-time work are on the horizon for many of us. Suddenly, we are smacked in the face with financial burdens and it becomes increasingly evident that our long-term goals need to be acted on now.
This is where financial planning can be a real benefit to our generation.
To give you some context, I am a 22 year-old commerce student who lives in a share house and is about to graduate university at the end of the year (hopefully with a job). Up until now my financial strategy has involved getting by whilst paying rent, setting short-term savings goals for travel, and treating myself perhaps a bit too often (#ilovebrunch).
Now that I am faced with the prospect of grad jobs and having a proper salary, it has become apparent that my financial position is likely to undergo a drastic change over the next couple of years.
We all want to feel like we can manage our own finances (#MrThreeBankAccounts), but the fact is unless you are a finance student, or your parents sat you down to properly go through “Finance101 – You’re an Adult Now”1, you’re probably not going to get the most out of your earnings. This is the reality I am met with and why I think financial planning is so important for Generations Y & Z.
I want to live a long and happy life with peace of mind that I am financially secure and can have the lifestyle that I want. It has dawned on me that to meet this goal, I need to put some smaller ones in place.
These include managing my super, building my credit rating, investing some of my income, having long-term savings goals, and thinking about insurance.
But the finance world is complicated and without a qualified teammate it is a tricky world to navigate successfully.
Let me put it to you this way…
In order to maintain your physical health, you see a doctor who is an expert in the medical field.
In order to maintain your mental health, you see a psychologist who is an expert in the field of mind and behaviour.
So, doesn’t it make sense that in order to maintain your financial health you would seek out someone who is an expert in the field of finance?
Seeking help from an accredited financial planner is something that our generation should strongly consider. It is a life-long relationship with mutual benefits.
So why not start the journey now?
Contact AMEGA FS to start your successful financial journey today.
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