Jobs Requiring No Degree, Part 2: Training and Qualifications

In the overview, we looked at the basic outline of choices available in jobs where no degree is required. Let's have a look at the range of possibilities for these jobs, and you'll be able to see how these jobs can produce excellent career options.

These are the 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.

Jobs where sub-degree qualifications and certificates are the requirements

Sub-degrees, like business certificates, etc., are becoming a normal way of approaching professional qualifications. Accredited courses are making that a lot simpler, and it's often the most effective approach to a later degree. Most people can start from scratch and wind up with a suite of qualifications at this level.

The range of possible applications of the qualifications is enormous:

  • Business certificates: These can be used in any business, anywhere, in any industry. They cover the whole spectrum of business admin, basic business practices, accounts, financial plans, and are generally invaluable as qualifications for any job.
  • Trade certificates: These cover the entire trades range, are universally accepted, and are good baseline qualifications for further studies.
  • Specialist training courses: These include a virtual encyclopedia of possible qualifications, and are particularly useful for people working in their industries as creating a strong skill set.

All of these qualifications are pretty easy to get. Business and specialist training courses are often available from employers.

Jobs where degrees aren't required, but experience and skills are

These jobs include many jobs which aren't specifically covered by academic qualifications. The long-term career needs can be difficult to judge in terms of qualifications, but you can usually identify useful ones.

Typical qualifications in these jobs includes:

  • Recognized qualifications like Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, and obviously relevant job related training.
  • Brand name academic specialist qualifications
  • Technical qualifications (IT, in particular)
  • Selective training to improve job qualifications

This is 'needs based' qualification. These qualifications should be tailored to work with specific personal goals and maintain career progress.

Trade certificates

These certificates can lead to degrees, and are extremely useful as sub-qualifications, professionally and as general assets for CVs and employment. The advantage of these certificates is that they fit easily into structured career paths. They're an excellent career option, and are well designed, fully accredited training.

General jobs

'General jobs' not requiring degrees can be difficult as a base for career choices. There can be too many career choices, or not enough. The best move is to look for a baseline general qualification in the area of your choice. The sub-degree training approach is the most reliable approach to career choices.