(Closed) High-School Education ONLY Bees- what do you do?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I do have a university degree.. so i cant vote for myself. But my Darling Husband didn’t go to university, and he now runs his own small building firm. He makes around $50-55,000 a year but obviously thats sparadic depending on how the building trade is doing..]

ETA: i should add, theres no way he regrets not going to uni.. it just isn’t for him and he is so good at what he does now, and he really enjoys it.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have SOME college but never completed my degree. I am a corporate wireless consultant for a well known wireless company. I make around 40k but this is my first year with the company. they have a 100% tuition reimbursment program so I plan on taking full advantage of that and moving up with in the compnay.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Darling Husband was working towards his college degree, but it got too expensive, so he joined the military.  He will be able to finish his degree eventually while in, then use the GI Bill later for his Master’s or whatever.  He makes around 45-50k a year, plus a quite sizable reenlistment bonus due to his job every 4 years.  

I have my degree, but have never made more than 25k a year teaching.  Sigh… not everything in life is made better with a degree… ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I did a few semesters but the whole college thing wasn’t for me. Currently, I’m an auditor for the corporate office of a retail chain. I make $40k+ a year. Darling Husband has around the same amount of education as I do and he’s a software developer (he has experience with countless platforms but iOS (iPhones/iPads) is his passion) making six figures. 

Not having a degree has NEVER hindered either one of us, especially Darling Husband. In his field, so much of the knowledge is self taught. Honestly, we’re in a damn good position (making more than just about every college graduate that we know) with not a penny of student loan debt so we can’t complain. 

I’m planning on taking some event planning courses online so that I can get the certification but that’s about the extent of any kind of education (if you can call these classes that) that I’ll be seeking out in the future. Certain people need a degree (or two, or three) to succeed in their fields. Thankfully we’ve done pretty well for ourselves without them.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I only completed two years of my degree.  I was going for Elementary Education, but I got scared and worried since I knew the chances of me graduating then finding a job was slim to none.  I didn’t want to take out a ton of loans and be in debt.  I currently work at a psychiatric hospital as a nurse’s aide.  I work mostly with geriatrics, but do deal with adults too.  I plan to go back to school to finish my degree is psychology after the wedding.  I currently make around 25K a year.  Nothing to boast about yet, but it pays the bills.

Fiance doesn’t have a degree.  He has his own plumbing business as of right now, but just opened it in January and couldn’t start using the business name until March.  He is working under another plumber’s license.  He can easily make 50-100K+ a year.  (I stated a lower income because he’s just starting out) Depending on how much work there is. He’s going in his last year of plumbing school in September and will take his plumbing license test once he accrues enough working hours.

I am hoping his business is successful enough to where I can work with/for him.  I will always have a “back up” plan though.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Neither my fiance or I have a college degree– I started one semester and decided it wasn’t for me, didn’t even finish out that term, and he didn’t go to even a single day of college. We are both in IT. I earn $140k with 12 years experience, started in the career at around $65k; he has about 10 years experience and earns $130k. 

Over the years we’ve both had our share of IT certifications but those don’t require formal classes, just work with the product, study up and go take a test. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I got my highschool education and took a year of sociology. I had to go to work, so left. I plan on getting a degree in the next five years, to say I did it. But I have been an executive/ran my own business and worked for a top high-end hotel in a senior role and also a large staffing firm in a consultant role…sitting in a pool of university-degree-toting people.

I think it is all attitude and drive. Some degrees are absolutely pointless in the real world…not all, but some ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was a music major in college, but I never finished.  I currently work as a manager for a chain restaurant and make $45k+ a year.  If I had finished my degree I would still be doing the same thing unless I had chosen to go to grad school. Most of my friends who did get their music degrees are working service industry jobs as well. It’s a hard job and I work a lot of hours a week, but I love what I do and I can honestly say that I have fun everyday at work. I regret not finishing, but I don’t think my life would have been any different. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m working on mine now, but prior to going to school, I held the following positions with only a high-school education.  I didn’t exactly flaunt that though.  I usually let people assume that I did have a degree, many were surprised to find out I didn’t.

 

  • Apartment Leasing agent – started around $25k, ended around $40k
  • Software/high tech sales- started at $25k, highest year was $70k
  • Software sales trainer- $65k
  • Marketing assistant (real estate)- $35k

Fiance doesn’t have one, and I would support him getting one, but it seems that isn’t something he wants to do now and that’s fine. He makes good money in sales right now.  

I’m back in school, so it’s kind of a given that I’m anticipating an improvement due to college ๐Ÿ™‚  I’m going for something totally different that what I had been doing, and though I’ll probably make between $50k-$70k the first few years, it’ll be in a field that I’m absolutely passionate about and dedicated to.  You can’t put a price on that.  I wouldn’t have continued going full-time though if I’d just gone back for general studies.  

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Rouquine:  My ex step dad is a plumber and it’s a great career. They get a bad rap for some reason (maybe it’s the whole plumbers crack thing, lol) but they can make some serious bank. He makes a great living and he works under someone else. I can only imagine what he’d be able to rake in if he had his own shop. Good luck to your FI!

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@UpstateCait:  Thank you!  We are really excited about this opportunity.  It’s still a struggle, but I know he will do great once he has his feet completely on the ground.  He’s a good, hard worker (and of course, he’s my Fiance so I would say that :P) But in all seriousness, he has what it takes to make it into the business/industry.  He’s talked about sending me to plumbing school so I can get a license and bonafide someone else and get 10% of their earnings.  Haha.  Of course, there’s always a risk in that unless you know the person well enough.  We just want a modest life that will pay the bills and give us some room to breathe.  It’s all we can hope for as of right now.  We’re waiting to hear back from a subcontractor so keeping our fingers crossed!  FI could bring home at least 6K a month for now.  It’s a great start.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have been doing administrative work for over 10 years now. My pay has ranged up and down depending on what I have been doing. It has been from 15k when I first started to 40k plus bonuses. Right now it is sitting at 0 since I am looking for a job…lol. Hopefully I will be able to find something soon.

Post # 15
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574 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Rouquine:  DH’s uncle is a plumber.  He does mostly wells and water pumps, but he makes some SERIOUS money.  His wife is the business side of things, so they both technically work from home.  They have an incredible 100 year old stone farm house, in the woods, with 4 kids… they are living the dream.

Darling Husband worked under his uncle for a few summers, and wanted to go full time, but they weren’t really in a position to hire him full time with benefits and all that.  But, it’s a really awesome career and one that will always be in demand.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was an assistant group supervisor at a school for 5 years but I hated it… I was planning to go to school for it to, iam so glad I didnt. I only made $23k a year before taxes too ugh. I dont regret not going, Im actually really happy I didnt. My Fiance has a 2 year degree and Im mostly a stay at home mom… Right now Im working retail just part time to save a little money to buy a house.

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