If you don’t have a job lined up after you graduate, there’s absolutely no need to panic. It can take years to figure out what career path to take, and there are plenty of ways to land on your feet, even without degree-level qualifications.
These 7 career options could be worth pursuing if you’re still trying to figure out what to do with your life.
Starting a business is no easy task. It requires determination, capital, planning, and above all, patience. While it’s possible to start your own business straight after college, the chances of failure are significantly reduced if you acquire training. Most business qualifications apply to any sector and will teach you everything you need to know about finance and marketing. Some universities – such as the University of St Albans – run part time evening courses, which can be very beneficial if you need to work in order to finance your studies.
Writing is one of the few professions that does not require any qualifications. Employers will rarely ask for a CV and as long as you can demonstrate good written English skills and have a solid portfolio, you’ll be able to start your freelance copywriting career the second you leave college. Websites such as ProBlogger and PeoplePerHour are a gold mine for writers and with a little bit of luck, you could land your first client within a few days of signing up.
Labour workers are highly in demand. The plumbing profession can be very well paid and doesn’t require a large investment in time or money – unlike degree-level programs. Oaklands College in Hertfordshire runs a full time 1 year plumbing course for £1,665. Upon completion you will be awarded a L2 Diploma in Basic Plumbing, which will leave you in a position to seek work, be it through another company or as self-employed.
The beauty of teaching is that you can turn almost any hobby, qualification or profession into a paying position. Whether you want to train others in a bobby such as music, martial arts or dance; or take a more professional route and teach in an educational establishment, there are plenty of opportunities available.
According to Career Cast, investment banking is the most highly paid job you can get straight out of college and has an average starting salary of £75,000. While the competition is high, there are plenty of positions available if you can make the grade. However, if you value your free time, look elsewhere. If you want to make it as a stockbroker you’ll literally have to live and breathe the industry.
If you’re confident using technology or have decent graphic design skills, then website design could be your perfect career choice. The salary of a web designer can significantly vary depending on whether you work as a freelancer or take on a contract position. Qualifications aren’t essential if you have a good portfolio of work; however, a degree in design, marketing or computer science is certainly beneficial.
The Internet marketing industry is constantly changing due to variations in Google’s algorithm. For this reason courses often go out-of-date very quickly. If you can spend some time building a body-of-work to demonstrate knowledge within the industry, then jobs in search engine optimization and email marketing are plentiful. At present, the business is rapidly expanding and as long as the Internet is around, there’ll always be a demand.
Qualifications aren’t a be all and end all. While they will certainly help you in your quest for employment, they won’t always guarantee work. If you choose to continue education, follow Justin Craig’s Revision Guide for tips on how to perform better in exams. Examinations aren’t easy or stimulating; however, they are almost always required; and the result of just a few hours could significantly impact your future career.