Episode Number: 152

Episode 152- Switching Careers from Corporate to Coding & Paying off $57,000 of Debt in 2 1/2 Years w/ Carmen Perez

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On this week’s episode of the podcast I’m talking to Carmen Perez who had to face the truth about her credit and finances when she was sued over her student loan. She then hustled to pay off $57,000 of debt in a little over 2 ½ years and with a background in finance and a six-figure salary to match, Carmen went from being a “Wall Street dropout” to a woman who codes.

Besides being a successful software engineer, Carmen is also the creator of Make Real Cents, a blog dedicated to helping people achieve financial greatness by teaching them about personal finance. In this week’s Journey to Launch podcast, you’ll learn what tools Carmen used to get her personal finances in order, pivot in her career, and go to coding school for free. 

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Steps you can take to get your financial house in order
  • What is zero-based budgeting and why you need a budget
  • Several ways to pay off debt
  • How to make a pivot in your career
  • Ways to get your education for free, and so much more

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If you liked this episode you might love, Episode 85 – The Colors of FI- Roundtable Chat on Financial Independence, which also features Carmen and others in the financial independence space.

Also, check out: 

Episode 128- Self Education and Ultralearning as a Means to Reach Your Financial Goals & More with Scott Young

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  1. I loved this episode. I started an online coding course myself and this has totally upped my inspiration to keep going and look into boot camps. Thanks

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