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What are some great careers that doesn't require a college degree?

I always heard that if you want to have a great career you must attend college. career-choice

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Carmen’s Answer

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Devetra,


There are some great careers that don't require a degree however, will require some education and certification such as in Welding, Medical Coding, Real Estate Agent, Cosmetology, Patient Care Assistant, Legal Assistant, Paralegal or Help Desk Support. There are other jobs which can just include some type of training and or on-the-job training that can lead to a certificate such as a Travel Agent, Ticket Seller, Receptionist, Front Desk Administrator, Sales, Warehouse and Shipping, Retail, Transportation Conductors and Bus Operators to name a few.


What are you passionate about? Where do you see yourself? What is your personality? Do you like to work on your own or do you prefer to work in small or large group settings? What industry interests you? (Manufacturing, Education, Oil and Gas, Environmental, Medical or perhaps Public Relations! There are so many options but what do YOU enjoy ?


From experience, I've been in your shoes and I had the same question as you did.

I wasn't sure about what I wanted however, I spoke to college school counselors and even volunteered in YMCA's, local hospital and community events which helped me network and get feedback on careers which I didn't even think about. This was a good experience and a great recommendation to you. Let us know what you decide!


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John’s Answer

Devetra,


This is an interesting question. Increasingly, I have seen people with Associates Degrees, or no degree at all, enter into the computer science space, the design space and various sales related roles (and others to a smaller extent). I will say though, that it is harder to get a job without a degree, especially with most applicants likely having theirs. A degree / gpa tells an employer that you have a baseline knowledge, work ethic and proven success. So, without a degree you need to find another way to prove those things to a potential employer. It is very possible to do, and becoming more common. People will take online courses, take internships, freelance, or start their own business. I will also add, that going to college is about more then the classroom education. You learn a lot about social interaction, networking, and meet a lot of interesting people.

John recommends the following next steps:

Instead of thinking about "what options do I have" think about "what am I passionate about". Then figure out what you need to do to get the career that you want.
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Jacqueline’s Answer

Hello Devetra, I strongly support and encourage higher education. It will serve as a stepping stone for you to be successful at any career you choose. You will not only increase your knowledge, but there is wisdom and life lessons to be learned. You will gain friendships, business contacts and numerous other opportunities that will prove to be very valuable to you over the years. Look at college as your first career. It will look excellent on your Resume.
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Devetra,

I believe that working as an electrician is a good field.

Thanks,
Blake
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