(Closed) career change without having to go back to school…..

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
806 posts
Busy bee

Going in to sales may work, as they are always looking for people who can handle the stress and ups and downs. My fiance was trying to go the other way, get out of sales into something else. He has been trying for months and had zero luck, despite having a college degree, a long professional history, and great references.

Post # 3
432 posts
Helper bee

I think it depends  in what field of sales to which you’re interested. Some may require a relevant degree, some may require a degree in general but not business/sales specific. Others may be okay with on the job training. I think it is possible but I would look into job postings in areas you like and see what the requirements are for them. 

I have a friend who started as a warehouse guy and now is the VP of this company with no formal higher education  (and makes way more than me with a 4 year degree and 5+ years experience) but I would say that is more likely the exception than the rule. He is actually working through a degree now, but the company is paying for it. 

There are fields where no certification/degree are required, but even then, there are lots more where you can start with a shorter program that gets you a certification (for example, certified nurse aide) that you could start working in the field, and then further your education while you work, I don’t know if all fields are this way but most healthcare fields have tuition assistance to further your education and open up better opportunity for you. 


Post # 4
9534 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

so you have your associates or you never finished?

there are many avenues you can persue without a degree.  some you just have to be lucky and be at the right place at the right time.  like starting as a cashier and eventually becoming a manager.  sometimes years of experience work just as well as having a degree.

my husband never finished college.  he does marketing and sales for a real estate company.

Post # 5
412 posts
Helper bee

Perhaps you could look into a local, cheaper community college? You could probably get a general business associates and find a job with that background really easily! 

I know another popular route is to look into recruiting type jobs (aka job hunters) those seem to be REALLY popular. Either way, its going to be hard to find a CAREER right off the bat. I have a college degree and am still struggling… I’m doing bascially extended internships (with pay, no benefits) just to build my resume up. The workforce now is so hard to get into, so know you aren’t the only one. You will most likely have to start small and just continue to work through the tougher/not so desireable jobs to get to the point where you find what you do enjoyable. Its annoying to me when you’re an entry level/associate and yet the job description still asks for 2-3 years of experience in the field. 

Post # 7
3173 posts
Sugar bee

Depends on where you are. In my area, I know of a company that hires a ton of salespeople. One of my friends was hired on. He doesn’t have a degree, but he is killing it because he has the right personality for sales. While many people are being laid off, let go, or quitting at that company, he has gotten two promotions in a year. 

Post # 8
1340 posts
Bumble bee

I made a career change without going back to school, but used direct experience from my old career to transition to a related industry.

You might be able to transition easily to catering. With culinary experience you could work on the sales and customer service side of things like meeting with clients, managing staff, planning the menus etc.

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