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What are some good job careers that you can have without going to college ?

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Jason’s Answer

Hi Dariehl,

Wow, there are so many career options that don't require college that it can be mind boggling. Unfortunately we live in a time where there is a certain amount of elitism regarding education and career choice. This is silly because statistically speaking, more people with a college degree do not even end up working a job that is closely aligned with their education than do (27%). There are a great deal of honorable career choices out there that do not require a college degree. The most obvious of these would be in the trades (a trade school is a good idea here) this could look like becoming an electrician, machinist, carpenter, mechanic, HVAC, Welding, etc. Trades are comprised of craftsmen who learn vital skills that are needed and a lot of money can be made in any one of these areas and others. Even in a white collar business setting many employees work in role that does not require a degree.

The key here from my perspective would be to decide what you want to do and go for it. There are a lot of students in high school are afraid of college because of the experience they have has in school thus far. Many teacher and counselors at the high school level hype college up to be this huge deal - as though success in life can only be achieved by college graduates; when it really isn't true at all. If college does not apply toward your objectives and goals don't worry about it, but then again if it will help you reach your goals - don't let fear stop you either.

Best of luck to you!

(https://madisoncommons.org/2019/11/12/more-college-grads-land-jobs-outside-their-majors-and-thats-a-good-thing-experts-say/#:~:text=In%20fact%2C%20it%20is%20a,closely%20related%20to%20their%20majors.)
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Patricia’s Answer

Check out apprenticeships in your area. In Washington state, which is all I speak for, there are numerous apprenticeships available in the construction trades where you are employed while you are taking classes. Search on-line for any apprenticeship programs where you live.
Community colleges can also have certificates and training for careers that don't take a 4 year college degree.
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Dionte’s Answer

Hi Dariehl and thanks for asking this question,

In my personal experience as someone who did not finish college, I've found that creative fields that are more talent/skill based don't require degrees or are at least more lenient to those that do not have degree. Fields in technology such as software engineering, UI/UX design, web design etc. don't require degrees as well, but instead require a demonstration in skill. You need to be a self starter and If you can do the work and have a portfolio of projects that prove you can do the work, often that is enough to get an interview. However, you need to work even harder than someone who did go to college because you need the discipline to learn and study and master your craft all on your own time.

Dionte recommends the following next steps:

Choose the subject you will study, your studying material, and the studying rhythm and time, for example: Software engineering
Research a few companies you are interested in working for to learn what coding technologies they use and are popular
Self study to learn those coding languages/programs and build projects revolving around those technologies
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