Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2016 - Akron, OH
Do people get ‘good’ jobs without a degree? I have two more years until I complete my bachelor’s degree, and with my job history, I can’t seem to rise above minimum wage. I currently work in ‘finance’ but I get crappy pay, and it’s not an actual bank. I’m seeking a teller position, and I keep getting denied! I met with a counselor at school, who helped revamp my resume. I can’t get a job in my field, because I don’t have the experience or the degree yet. I’m in my mid-twenties, and getting married next year. I’m so envious of others my age that are actually suceeding, and I feel like I’m failing. I’ve heard it’s all about who you know, but I’ve tried that, and it doesn’t always work. I’ve tried numerous job sites, and perhaps my approach is wrong. Any other suggestions or recommendations? Anyone else in their mid-twenties without a degree? What do you do for a living? Thanks!
Post # 2
WannaBee2BridalBee: I have a degree now (a BA and a Master’s degree), but when I was in college, I worked at a law firm doing administrative work. It paid well for college (like $20/hour) and it was really good experience. I didn’t have many qualifications going into that job, other than working in an office at school. It paid well and was great experience (though totally unrelated to what I do now).
Post # 3
Before I left my job to go to school full-time, I worked for the governemnt. I had excellent benefits, lots of leave and holidays off, retirement, plenty of opportunity to move up, and the pay was acceptable for my needs. Try looking for Municipal, State, or Federal jobs in your area. They’re generally not advertised on websites like Monster Jobs so you’ll have to check their .org or .gov websites. The application/interview process can be a bit exhausting and you may only start out as an Office Assistant or something, but once you get your foot in the door you’re golden.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2016 - His Way Church & Chesapeake Room @ Downs Park
WannaBee2BridalBee: It really is about networking and “who you know.” My sister is working towards her bachelor’s right now and she already makes $85k/year! It boggles my mind. She is a project manager. I still don’t fully understand what she does.
I am also working toward my bachelor’s which I hope to get by the end of next year. I’m looking to be a teacher. I’m 27 and I’ve been working as an in-home instructor for autistic children for 4 years. Because of the nature of the job, starting pay is $14/hr but there are no raises. I found this job after attending a job fair at my old community college.
I highly recommend job fairs and I also recommend that you do not limit yourself to the field you are looking to get a career in. Since you don’t have experience right now, expand your job search to other things while you continue to go to school. Good luck!
Post # 5
Decent jobs without a degree usually requires learning a trade. My Fi has no AA or BA and works as a mechanic. He’s making $23/hr after working at the dealership for 1 and a half years, with another raise at the end of the year + raises when he goes to more training. He started at $18/hr. Meanwhile… I’m making 15/hr doing adminstrative work with a BA. yay for school!
Post # 6
I’m in the process of getting my degree but it’s unrelated to my job. Meaning, my degree or lack thereof won’t affect my pay at this company. I currently make more than my engineer Fiance (although he’s getting a raise next month and that could change). Honestly, luck. I was lucky we knew the right people and the right events/ certain events happened that led me to the position I’m in now (which I love).
Post # 7
I really don’t have much advice for you, just sharing my experience. I’m in my mid 30s, with a bachelor of science in the field I’m working in and right now I’m at $11.50/hr. I know it isn’t much but we get by. I am in line for a raise to salary in the next couple of weeks, but that also means more hours so it’ll be a trade off.
I chose to work in a field that notoriously doesn’t pay well and through my 20s I really didn’t care because I got to travel, had housing paid for, and didn’t have a lot of bills. Now things are different.
I will say that I got in on the ground floor of a new, growing company and believe in what we do. I hope to continue to stay vital to the company and get compensated appropriately for that. However, I have often wondered what choices I could have made differently to get a $20/hr job at any point in my life, or be making $85k a year. I know this will never be my life based on the choices I’ve made. I do love what I do though and am growing into a new role in the company that is a great use of my skill set.
I have never been good with networking. I can be socially awkward and not know what is appropriate to talk about when meeting new people or the correct questions to ask. I think this is something that can be learned, though. OP, see if there are any ways you can improve those skills. Maybe free library classes, or through your college you could find some groups or seminars that work on honing those skills. I would also look for groups with any relevance at all to your field to join just to meet some people and see what happens.
Good luck, op. Don’t give up and keep trying everything. Even joining other groups that you have interest in, might lead to a job opportunity. Keep your chin up, and realize that every job you have teaches you skills that add up in the end. Also, see if there are mock interviews you can participate in to hone your interview skills. You got this!
Post # 8
In addition to networking, it also helps to have a niche. If you are one of few people who does a particular job or who is willing to work in a particular location, I think you’ll get paid higher.
Post # 9
I’ve heard it’s all about who you know, but I’ve tried that, and it doesn’t always work
No, you just don’t know the right people. I’m right there with you. Good luck. I’m going back to school cause might as well be a perma student if I can’t be employed.
And a degree dosn’t mena you have a job, not by a long shot…
Post # 10
It doesn’t always have to do with knowing the right people.
What I’ve done to get better jobs is just work hard and take experience from my last a twist it into the new type of position I want, and with that came raises… It doesn’t always come through with just a resume though, so cover letters and interviews had helped. For example, I started out in collections when I was 18 barely making over minimum wage. I used the experience I recieved working with hostile people/escalations, phone experience, finances, and deliquency and “upgraded” jobs by getting into a mortgage company working with customers to get mortgage modifications – all the same type of stuff in a mirrored industry basically… for more money. From there I went into the legal side of foreclosure with another company, since I had experience in the mortgage industry and worked with accounts in foreclosure and with that came another pay raise. Just take what you already know and apply it to what you want. So now I’m in my mid 20s, without a degree, making more than my friends that just got their degrees, who are all having trouble finding jobs in their respective field.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2016 - His parents farm
I don’t have a degree, and I make 85k+ a year. I got my job definitely from networking. I talked to so and so, and talked to do and so’s boss, and got a job. But, I also knew the site i was working at. I was a labourer/apprentice carpenter working on the construction of the building where I now work, and I worked my butt off. Being a carpenter in Canada is pretty rough in the winter, let me tell you. And now, I am a water treatment plant operator, working towards getting my tickets for that. where I live, tradespeople are 100% more employable. If you have a trade, you have an incredibly well paying job. Except carpentry haha.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2018 - City, State
I started working at my company before I graduated and I got that job through networking!
But if you really just want some $$$ I’d recommend getting a job waiting tables, easy $20-$30 an hour.
Post # 13
I agree with those who says knowing a trade or having specific skills is definitely helpful. I have a Masters degree, and my electrician husband who went straight into the workforce after high school makes more than I do.
Post # 14
FutureMrsBex: same exact story here too!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2016 - Akron, OH
I just don’t know if my approach is correct. I’ve tried monster, LinkedIn, Craigslist, indeed etc. I’m thinking about just taking my resume and a cover letter and handing them out like a door to door salesman! I think the most frustrating thing is that I’m trying to leave my job to be closer to school, and I can’t find any jobs in the location in seeking. I’m *hopefully* moving soon, but I can’t until I get a position! Thanks for the support bees xoxo