Are you a tad bit insecure because you haven’t acquired a degree unlike most of your friends? Life is never a walk in the park, and for some, it can be extremely tough to pave the way towards success. For many unpredictable and inexplicable reasons, a person may not have the benefit of being able obtain a full-fleged college degree. Steve Jobs certainly didn’t, because his working-class parents couldn’t afford it. Ben Affleck didn’t because – well–he was overly emotional (even till today he thinks going to college is a waste of time and money). And the list goes on…
Still think you’re stuck with kids, a blue collar job, and self-employment as your next best shot? Quit feeling sorry for yourself, and do something more! If you’re really determined, you’re just as good as any other degree-holding student in today’s massively-competitive environment. Google surely thinks so!
What You Could Do:
1) Start with a job that doesn’t require a degree: Why not explore your options where a degree isn’t necessary? No, not every job that doesn’t require a degree is a blue-collar job that pays less. There has to be a reason why, according to a 2014 survey conducted by Careerbuilder, almost 51% of college grads are employed in jobs that don’t require a degree.
Engineering technicians, first-line supervisors, web developers (even Googlers!) and other similar jobs listed on the Business Insider all have work that pay them well above $50,000 per year. It could serve as a starting point for you to work your way up from by adding more experience, skills, and possibly more qualification (such as certifications).
2) Complete a Course: Completing a well-recognized, industry specific course is also a great option. It’s not the same as a 4-year college degree, but a commendable certification does well to add to your resume. For example, someone who is interested in finance-related job and lives in Canada might want to complete a Canadian Securities Course. Plus, you don’t have to worry about writing any hectic essays and so not to think about begging anyone, write my essay for me please.
Expand your knowledge base with short, credible courses and exams that are relevant to your field of interest. Watch out for MOOCs (massive online open courses) or other such courses that do nothing to add to your credentials and do not award a certificate.
3) Do an Internship: An internship certainly doesn’t require a degree (most of the time). It requires a deep sense of interest, motivation, and possibly a reference. Even if you get interviewed before your internship program, worry not! Prepare an impressive resume and make sure you bulk up on the skills, experience, on-the-job training, and relevant hobbies in the required area. Learn how to sell yourself at an interview regardless of not having a degree.
An internship can provide you with the opportunity to get hired if you’re able to prove yourself. Learn more about what it takes to impress an employer and transitioning from an intern to an employee. The idea is to get noticed. Using your social skills to build relationships with everyone you come across, learn as much as you can while you are there, and when you think you can, tell them you’re interested! If you managed to impress them with your work, ideas, and serious conduct, they won’t even think twice but hire you immediately when a fitting vacancy arrives.
4) Build Up on the Internet: Gone are the days of resumes and cover letters. Now, employers are looking to hiring the right talent online. That’s right! And the better your “online presence” the higher your chances of getting noticed. Instead of the traditional “drop a CV” method which most HR personnel end up trashing, build up on your social profiles. There are numerous ways you can make an attractive, employer-eye-catching LinkedIn profile and none of those methods include “labeling a degree”.
Write a blog specific to your field of interest and showcase your knowledge or skills in a particular area of interest. It counts as impressive online presence and it’s free!
5) Do your best to compete: In the end, just don’t give up but compete as same as any other degree-holding applicant would. Ask people you know who are willing to mentor you. Build on your list of networks, and when appropriate, ask for their help in providing a reference. Keep checking for job openings.
If you still feel that the job you are after requires a college degree, go back to school as soon as you get a chance. You can even file for grants and other financial benefits if you are single mother, veteran, or a senior citizen.
Skornia Alison is a tech geek by nature and marketing executive by profession. She’s also a passionate traveler and she loves to talk about her travels wherever she goes.