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Best Jobs Without a College Degree

Suketu Mehta
Gone are the days when a college degree was mandatory to build a career. Your talent can actually take you places, and land you the dream job you have always wanted. Scroll down and get inspired.
It's funny how we keep hearing of people like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg as college dropouts who went on to revolutionize the world with their trademark quirkiness. These are the ones who didn't let the lack of college education hinder their aspirations in any sense.
However, as we extol their virtues, we're also hard-pressed to accept that such fortunes are not bestowed on all and sundry. Having said that, there is no denying the fact that talent, coupled with sincere hard work can take you places.
Here's an encouraging statistic - according to the findings of the United States Bureau of Labor, around 40% of the jobs in the past year went to people who didn't have a college degree. This number is expected to reach 60% in the next five years.
While it is always beneficial to get a degree, not having one doesn't mean that you're going to remain jobless or stay stuck doing something you don't even like. To begin with, let's assess our interests and skills which will help us chart a path towards finding the right career.

Are you...

  • Outgoing
  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Efficient
  • Good at handling stress

You'd make a good Wedding Planner

You'd be tempted to think that life is one big party for a wedding planner, but rest assured, it is not. This job involves a lot of hard work and patience, not to mention truckloads of perseverance.
To be a part of this field, you need not possess a college degree, because your on-the-job experience will educate you enough. Seasoned planners rightly credit their success to the long hours of dedicated work as interns. So, the right way to go about it would be to find an established event planner and assist her.
This job involves making a lot of contacts - yes, you'll be expected to bring in the best DJ, the fanciest caterer, the most efficient decorator, all at the most exclusive venue, and see to it that it all functions in one, fluid motion. Your initial days will be tough, but if you choose to slog it out, an exciting career awaits you.

You have these options too...

  • Stylist
  • Hairdresser
  • Decorator
  • Event manager
  • Fashion blogger

Are you...

  • Curious
  • DIY-type
  • Crazy about cars
  • Good at handling appliances and fixtures
  • 'Mechanically'/'Electrically' inclined

You'd make a good Motor Mechanic

If you have a penchant for fixing cars and have been a success at it, a career as a motor mechanic may suit you well. The internals of a car is the result of sophisticated technology that is constantly upgraded.
To keep abreast of the latest in car designs and repair, you'd be well-advised to take up a vocational course in the subject. Of course, a lot of learning is done on-the-job. But it is necessary to be equipped with the latest know-how to be able to nail good opportunities.

You have these options too...

  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Driver
  • Repairing gadgets or computers
  • Elevator technician

Are you...

  • Prudent with money
  • Good with numbers
  • A keen observer of market trends
  • A good investor
  • Influential

You'd make a good Financial Adviser

Financial advisers usually assist clients in choosing the best investment option from the various ones available in the market. These professionals have to possess an accurate sense of observation to be able to help their clients. They need to know the market trends in order to zero in on the perfect investment and strengthen the portfolio of the client.
This job may not require a college degree, but one needs to be very sharp to make a success of it. A certificate course in financial planning will help you understand the working of the investment sector. Being in touch with the latest on-goings in the market is an absolute must.
To be able to advise someone regarding their money, you'll need to build a reputation that is trustworthy enough.

You have these options too...

  • Real estate broker
  • Insurance agent
  • Sales executive
You'd be surprised to know the avenues that open up to you, despite the lack of a college degree. Listed here are a few of these -
  • Flight attendants
  • Air traffic controller
  • Private investigator
  • Content writer
  • Web designer
  • Court reporter
  • Fashion designer
  • Tourist guides
  • Home health aid worker
  • Personal assistant
The absence of a college education doesn't signify the end of the world. If you excel at something and wish to turn it into a profession, you're advised to go ahead with it. However, to get any of these jobs, it is essential that you develop the necessary skills and have the relevant experience.
There are numerous certification programs which can be of help in gaining skillful employment. You should figure out your area of interest and take up a course accordingly. Hard work and planning can assure you of a financially stable life.