What's your job? (Those w/o a college degree:)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I work with a M.S degree but all my friends with just HS Diplomas work for shipping companies…UPS and FedEx mostly, a couple got their CDLs and are now drivers. The drivers make pretty good money, it was comparable to my starting salary. Everyone else workes a variety of positions from office work to loading trucks or sorting packages.

Post # 5
6789 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

My friends without degrees work in retail, restaurants, offices or bars. My friends in retail mostly all work at Zummies. They started on the floor there and now all of them are managers with their own stores and are doing really well for themselves. My friends that work at restaurants seem to get bounced around a lot with not a ton of job security. My office friends complain that their jobs are boring and dead end (no room to move up in the company as a secretary or temp). I think my bartender friends are very content – they make really good money on the weekends and they enjoy the lifestyle. 

Have you tried retail? I think it would be a good time of year to get a retail job!

Post # 6
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am an accountant for a military contracting company. And I also go to school full time and graduate next week (YAYYY!!!) with my bachelors in Finance

Post # 9
422 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Rebar

@mackenzie810:  While i was working when i was in school working towards my BA. I found a job as a dental assistant. I was paid fairly well. My mom already knew someone and the dentist decided to teach me…i didnt need a certificate or antyhing which was pretty good. 

Post # 10
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@mackenzie810:  I did not even have a High School Diploma or GED when I started my job. I work with a very large life insurance company doing over the phone medical interviews in a call center. I got this job through a Temp Agency who placed me here and was hired on within 4 months. My best advice would be to take your resume to a local temp agency and they should be able to place you in an okay position. 

I went from making 8K a year (gross) to 32K (gross) in less than a year.

Post # 11
1625 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mackenzie810:  I’m a nanny. I work M-F, get paid well, and really enjoy my job. It seems like you live in a sort of rural area, so that may not be an option for you, but I know a lot of other girls who are or have been nannies while figuring out what else to do!

Post # 13
6789 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!



Both really good options!

One of my friends got in as a temp and then signed on at a real estate company. She does all their internet listings and scheduling for the agents. She went from part time at $10/hr to full time at $15/hr with a GED (and a criminal record)… so there is hope.

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