Are you in your last few months of high school and can’t afford to go to college? You may be worried about what you’re going to do after you graduate because everyone always talks about the importance of tertiary education and how it’s the stepping-stone to a great life. Nowadays, there are many online universities where you can take on an accelerated program and have your Bachelor's earned quickly.
But did you know there are myriads of high paying jobs out there that don’t require a college degree? All you need is a strong determination to learn so you can gain experience and build up your resume. Take a look at the jobs you can apply for without a college degree below.
1. Start Blogging and Get Paid for It
Whether you create your own blog or you’re writing blogs for others, this is an excellent way to gain some experience and extra money while you’re still in high school. Blogging for others will help you build up a client base and teach you how to handle difficult situations on the spot.
It’s a way to help you work with the finances of your small blogging business, which will look great on your resume should you venture out into the corporate world. If you can manage emails, money, and client expectations, you’ve already gained some key experience the corporate world is looking for in young people.
On average, bloggers earn about $1,000 a month. You can earn more if you’re dedicated, and you have a larger client base. You can earn up to $10,000 a month if you have more time available to spend blogging.
2. Become a YouTuber
YouTube is a wonderful platform for outgoing and creative people who have strong personalities. There are various types of YouTubers, such as vloggers who discuss general topics or people who show you how to make something or how to perform a task correctly.
You simply need to find your niche and the type of people you want to attract to your channel. This will give you some marketing experience, which is ideal for companies looking for interns to do their social media advertising. This is because you’ll learn about YouTube algorithms to help you reach a wider audience with your content.
Before you can start YouTubing you’ll need the correct equipment such as the following:
- High-resolution recording camera
- A mic with excellent audio
- The correct lighting equipment
- An internet connection
If you upload consistently with quality content on YouTube, you can gain thousands of views. The number of subscribers, views, and the number of ads you allow to play during your video will determine how much you earn.
For example, famous YouTubers earn up to $10 million to $15 million for their content. But you’ll need millions of views to receive this amount of cash. The average YouTuber gets paid $3 to $6 per 1000 views on each video.
So ensure you make quality content so you can get those views rolling in and earn top dollar.
3. Secretaries and Administrative Work
Secretaries and administrators are highly sought after because they’re the people who increase workflow in an office. This type of work requires the following:
- Correct filing of office documentation
- Managing groups
- Operating the switchboard and transferring calls to the right people
- Capturing relevant data onto company systems
- Book flights and manage meetings for top executives
You don’t need a college degree for secretarial or administration work, but you do need to know how to multitask and communicate efficiently. Secretaries and administrators earn an average salary of $38,800 on an annual basis.
4. Working in a Fashion and Makeup Stores
If you have a passion for the beauty industry, you can work in clothing and makeup retail stores. The only skills you need are how to communicate with customers by giving them advice on the best products for their needs. Beauty retailers can earn up to $9.84 an hour.
Bear in mind that retailers typically work on holidays and shifts, so ensure you can handle the working hours.
5. Real Estate Offers Bigger Paychecks
If you have a knack for selling, perhaps the real estate sector is for you. You’ll need some experience with marketing and sales. But these skills are easy to learn because there is a multitude of highly informative articles online you can read that teach you all about the art of selling.
Your skills will improve over time, and you will learn how to increase your prospects. All you have to do is make yourself visible by creating professional social media accounts, personal websites, and blogs. You’ll also need to know how to exchange leases and contracts with clients which you’ll learn how to do through the company you’re with.
Real estate agents earn commission on the property they sell, so the amount of money you make will depend on how much the property sells for. The average real estate agent earns between $45,000 and $71,000 annually.
Did you find a job that you might take up after high school? Let us know what your plans are once you graduate in the comments section below. We’d be happy to hear about what you plan on doing in this next phase of your life.