JOB SEARCH / APR. 15, 2014
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How to Find a Good Job With No Degree

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It is getting more difficult to pay for college these days. This has caused many college-aged individuals to skip the rigorous application process in exchange for a well-needed job that requires no degree or experience. Additionally, college drop outs are finding ways to land good jobs even during this challenging economic time. Most of the time, they will accept employment in unrelated fields.

If you are a creative person who has discovered your talents, you can use those skills to find a good job. This is especially true for those who are self-taught graphic designers, writers, photographers, web developers, programmers and visual effect artists. Eventually, you may have to get formal training or certification in these fields, but your talent and on-the-job training will do for now.

Apprenticeship

If you are open to acquiring skills in a specific trade and don’t mind working initially as an apprentice, then this is the best on-the-job training that you could ever imagine. This is great for people who will work in construction as well as for training to become a mechanic, truck driver, air conditioner repairman, electrician and other blue collar worker. This is an excellent way to be educated on the job without having to take out a college loan. If you work hard, you might be able to get your employer to pay for your certification or additional training.

Ultimately, the key is to get a job that is in demand, which doesn’t require a college degree. You will find that some are easier to find with a degree, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot land the same job without a degree, especially if you have gathered some experience in the same field over the years.

Your Passion

Your passion can lead you into a good job. For example, if you are good at sales, you can get your foot in the door of a big corporation as an entry level employee and work your way up. Most companies prefer to engage someone who is passionate without a degree than someone with a degree that has no passion. The main goal of every company is to increase their bottom line. Therefore, if your sales skill can contribute to a company’s bottom line, a degree will not be the deciding factor in keeping you on staff.

Creating your Own Job

At times, when all else fails, you have to create opportunities to earn an income. With advanced technology so popular, if you are good at social media, for example, there are so many local companies that need your help. You have to think outside of the box and be creative in your approach. If you walk into a small business, ask to speak to the manager. Be prepared to show the manager what you can do for the company. If you are impressive, you could get hired on the spot as their social media networking specialist. There! You just created a job that was well needed, but did not exist before. You could do the same thing with companies that wanted someone who has the ability to write mobile apps or increase web traffic.

It is important to market yourself and be a step ahead of your competition since so many people may have the same skills that you do. Always be open to learning more so that you can be in demand and ask for what you are worth. A degree is never the deal breaker.

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