Here’s the key:
You need to sit down, re-assess and think about how you are feeling right now. If what you are doing is stressful, causing anxiety and freaking you out, then maybe what you are doing just isn’t for you. It’s so important to remember that university doesn’t suit everybody. You all have very different interests, strengths and skillsets, so it is important to look at what actually suits you best.
Just because you haven’t gone to university and studied a degree, that does not make you any less qualified or talented than someone who has. With most cases you can achieve just as much success without a degree and there are plenty of high paying, high achieving jobs out there if you haven’t been able to go to university for whatever reason (be it due to financial, environmental circumstances, or you just not feeling it was a pathway that suited your particular learning style).
There are over 500 occupations
that you can work in without a degree and some of those might surprise you. You can be a legal assistant, an architect, a web developer, a dental hygienist, administration assistant, computer support specialist, real estate agent, a care worker or step into the world of marketing (just to name a few) all without a degree.
The point is, the list of options goes on and on and there really is something for everybody out there – degree or not.
Everything just feels so real!
Our advice if uni isn’t turning out to be your thing, then it’s time to look at external ways to study and further your knowledge in the field you wish to go into. Your options are limitless. You can jump into a TAFE course, take on a traineeship
or an apprenticeship
, or even undertake work experience. There are also a lot of private colleges who offer specialised learning for different career paths and pre-requisites to get the job you want.
But you are probably thinking, that’s all well and dandy, however “I still have no clue what I want to do!” How could we be so rude and forget to tell you…
That’s why we have our Career Quiz
, ready to help you identify what your best skills and strengths are which you can do now in just 5 mins.
“But everyone tells me jobs without a degree pay less”
Not entirely true. Gone are the days where a degree is the only way to get yourself a job for a high-paying career. There are SO many jobs out there that will pay you well without having that expensive piece of paper. The median annual starting salary for 76.1% of graduates* is $61,287 and currently, the average full-time Australian income is $82,436.
There are some big bucks to be made even if you don’t have a degree and in 2020 especially, as there is a skills shortage in a range of industries.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't get a degree if all you have ever dreamed of was going to university, or if you aspire to work in a job where a university degree is essential. But it could pay out to consider your options here, as an apprenticeship or traineeship could open the doors to a career that you haven’t thought was possible before.
For example to get into some of these gigs below, all you have to do is an apprenticeship or traineeship to earn some good cash. This might not be your starting salary but it’s definitely achievable with hard work and dedication:
- A construction manager’s annual salary is $153,213
- A maintenance manager $110,030
- Farm manager $92,588
- Electrician $84,311
- Pilot $105,000
- Executive assistant $74,838
Check out some of the jobs in our video below that you could get by starting an apprenticeship or traineeship.
*Average Annual Salary information sourced from joboutlook.com.au
So with all of this in mind, are you now feeling eager and excited to kick-start your career outside of the traditional university route? Find out your best skillset
now to get started!
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