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Ways to Advance Without a College Degree

Ways to Advance Without a College Degree
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By    |   Friday, 06 April 2018 11:15 AM

A college degree offers the possibility of a brighter future with a lucrative career, but college might not be for everybody. You can advance without a degree using ambition, creativity, and experience for success.

The college route is necessary for certain professions, but the sky-high costs have been known to leave those new to the workforce under of mountain of student-loan debt for years. Harsh reality might also replace optimism for many college graduates who find themselves unemployed or working at jobs that don’t require a college education.

Although a college degree is valuable, there are plenty of opportunities for dropouts or people who never went to college. Ways to advance without a college degree include:

  • Starting your own business — You just need that entrepreneurial spirit. Bill Gates is a college dropout while cooking celebrity and businesswoman Rachael Ray never went to college. The internet has opened extensive opportunities from content marketing and web design to consulting services. You could also start a venture in something you enjoy or know about to offer products or services.
  • Investing — Take advantage of retirement plans at your job or learn about investing by reading up on it or through a financial adviser. In time you could put money toward real estate investments or rental property, even joining up with someone who has experience. You might take your lumps occasionally, but it’s part of the process of advancing to success.
  • Looking for non-degree jobs — There are plenty of them, and they could provide lucrative opportunities. Firefighters, paramedics, chemical plant operators, and pest control workers just need training and get great salaries. Consider the military and learn a skill, then either move up the ranks or use that skillfulness afterwards for a good-paying job.
  • Taking courses — Vocational or trade schools and community colleges offer courses in specific jobs. You’ll get a certificate but, more importantly, learn a trade. A simple course in air-conditioning repair could lead to a million-dollar air-conditioning business.
  • Doing commission-related jobs — A career in insurance sales, real estate, advertising, direct sales, or car sales leads to huge salaries if you like it and can perform to the best of your ability, notes Steve Gillman in the Penny Hoarder. Insurance and real estate companies help you with training and license exams.
  • Knowing the right people — When you meet a successful person who does the kind of work you like, ask about it: what employers want and how you can demonstrate your skills, Lifehacker points out. Do basic networking online and off to learn from other people and how you can get a job in a particular industry.

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A college degree offers the possibility of a brighter future with a lucrative career, but college might not be for everybody. You can advance without a degree using ambition, creativity, and experience for success.
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