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What are good job choices for someone who isnt going to attend college after highschool

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Daniel’s Answer

Great question. The best way to find a job without attending college is to 1) focus on jobs that do not require a college degree, 2) work in an industry that is growing now and will grow in the future, and 3) become a specialist in the kind of job.

Some jobs require a college degree, like doctors, or scientists, so that won't work. But jobs like computer programmer or construction worker do not require a college degree so those would be a good start.

Those are also examples of jobs that are in demand now - everyone uses computer applications and everyone needs to live and work in buildings!

Then what you need to is become a specialists, meaning you need to get trained and focus on a particular area in that field so that when people need someone who is awesome at that skill, they will contact you for work!

Hope that helps and good luck!
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Lin’s Answer

Try finding a job that provides on the job training or possibly attend a trade school. They will not be as long or expensive as college and provide job placement after you are certified.
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Demetrius’s Answer

Hi Nick,

Start by writing down a list of things you like to do on a daily basis. Next look at your daily routine, such as; what are some activities you do after school, hang-out spots, or even if your friends have jobs. This could start the juices to flowing and give you ideas as to which direction to go in. Also look to your family and the jobs or careers they have and see if there are opportunities for apprenticeship.

Good Luck!
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Kim’s Answer

Nick,

It would help us to give you some ideas if we knew what you are good at and what you like to do. There are several options that are a path to a good career. One is the skilled trades, such as plumber, electrician, HVAC, carpenter. This requires some schooling and a certification/license. The classes are focused on learning the trade. If you don't want to go to any schooling, you can enter the field as a helper, such as an Electricians Helper, but, to get a decent pay you will eventually have to go to school. Warehouse work also pays a decent wage, esp. if you become a forklift operator. There is a company here that offers a 3 year paid work/training program to learn computer-manufacturing (I forgot what the job title is, but they program computers to make precision parts, like bolts and things).

Another option is the military. The military has every conceivable occupation, from healthcare to paralegal to logistics. They train you. You can stay for a few years and then get out, or, you might choose to make it a career. While the military isn't for everyone, it is how many people have started out on a good path in their professional lives. Even if you just stay for 4 years, from 18-22, by the time you get out, you will be much further ahead in life than your peers. You will have learned good decision-making skills and have also had opportunities to be in leadership roles. If that interests you, I recommend you talk to a recruiter. They will give you a written test to determine what occupations you are best suited for.

Hope this helps!
Kim
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