Jobs Requiring No Degree: Overview

The 'degree' motif in career training is almost universal. Everybody is told to get a degree, as part of their orientation for future life. However, in a global workplace where degrees are expensive, and places are restricted, degrees aren't always practical. The other part of this picture is that the global workplace is changing at the fastest pace in history. New types of jobs are springing up faster than the degrees can cover them, jobs that don't require degrees.

These jobs fall into three basic categories:

  • Jobs where sub-degree qualifications and certificates are the requirements.
  • Jobs where degrees aren't required, but experience and skills are.
  • General jobs like administration, retail, and other 'semi-white collar' jobs where qualification requirements aren't strictly defined, and job criteria are below degree levels.

In many cases the combination of sub-degree qualifications and experience is a very good, reliable skill set. The general recognition of these qualifications in the employment market also makes getting jobs a lot easier. The plain fact is that jobs not requiring degrees can produce some very good career options, too.

Career choices in jobs not requiring degrees

For people looking for career choices, the combination of sub-degree qualifications and experience have the additional advantage of creating a clear career path. Working in an industry gives people a good view of what they want to do, and where they want to go. Additional training and advice from industry professionals and veterans adds a lot of valuable local knowledge.

From that position, career development can become very well organized. Career goals are easier to set, and there's plenty of practical advice and information available from professionals and trainers. The result is informed career choices are a lot more achievable.

This career approach is a lot more flexible than a purely degree-based career path, in terms of commitment of time, money, and effort. It's a viable option for career development for people who can't even afford to think about the degree approach.

Employer supported training and qualifications

The great strength of these jobs is that employers are usually very pro-qualification training, and have useful training schemes and incentives in place. Some employers have in house training and internships which are valuable career and CV assets themselves, because of the high reputations of their training. These training schemes can literally be career makers.

Anybody in a job of this type, even starting from scratch, can achieve a lot by taking advantage of their employer's professional training facilities. They're very useful in terms of job opportunities in your own workplace, too. You can get yourself promotions and qualifications, using these schemes.

Jobs that don't require a degree can be great career builders. The old divide between degrees and the rest of the workplace for career possibilities is rapidly eroding. You can create an excellent, personalized career from the raw materials available in your job. There are no real obstacles.