Yes most students attend college to start their careers but there are other options if college is not on the agenda at this time.
** One option is to enter into a trade like an electrician, plumber, hvac, welder etc. There are so many trades and trade schools to help you begin your career. Attending trade schools you will get a mixture of classroom instruction & hands on training.
** Another option could be an apprenticeship or leadership program. Here you would go to work with an organization and enter into their specialized training tailored for their company. The idea is that they are grooming you to work with them long term. They are investing in your future and the future of the company.
** Perhaps the military is an option for you? Today's military offers multiple career paths, the ability to serve your country and travel. You can serve full-time (active duty) or part-time (reserves) as well as state-side only service with the National Guard.
** Finally there are government programs such as Peacecorps, Americorps and Job Corps. Do a bit of research to see what types of training each program has to offer.
Felix no matter what you decide, it is wonderful that you are taking the actions to figure out your next steps. I applaud you being proactive & taking initiative like this will take you far. Good Luck!
Depending on the career field, you can start without college. As mentioned in another answer, many trades don't require college. These can include being a plumber, electrician, etc. It is important to note that these trades will require training and maybe even trade school. On the other hand, if you want to be an accountant, doctor, lawyer, etc then you will most likely need to go to college so that you can obtain the credentials needed to practice.
It all depends on what you want. Where you are interested in, check to see if internships or volunteer programs will help you learn your dream job. Sometimes, those work in your favor, you get to know the trade/skill/career and you learn faster. You are already either an employee or a volunteer in their Human Resources department, so they "know" you. When positions come up or opportunities become available for more hours or pay, they have you to look to for filling those spots because they see your work production/ethics and are more apt to hire from within. So your foot is already in the door so to speak.
In some fields/careers, apprenticeships are needed. They like to train people interested in those skills. Usually very artistic fields have apprenticeships, or union positions in various job fields. Those can be a great place to start as well. It's mostly knowing what you want to do, what direction you are going into and following that path. There are no right or wrong ways to get anywhere.
My one bit of advise is, do what you really like or love. Make that your career choice, because then it really doesn't seem like a job. You enjoy it and it's fun. Maybe you get a real kick out of whatever it is and that means you will excel at it. Don't settle for something "to do"! Best of luck to you.
Hope all is well with you. To start a career without a college education can be very challenging. I suggest you at least get some experience in your chosen field so that you have a lot to offer to a company. Perhaps you can first make a list of your interests and establish your preferences as to what you would like to do. You should then do your research on companies that might be looking for your skills and abilities. Once again you will need to gain some experience in the field that you have chosen. You might also consider doing some volunteer work in the area of your expertise, or just learning more about what you might want to do. You could also try to find a person that can mentor you in the position you want or a mentor that can help you discover all your interests. Once you have done your homework on the above, start applying for positions.
If the field of work that you want to enter requires a college degree, then you must go to college to get that piece of paper (diploma) that will open doors for you. I hope my suggestions have helped and I wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.