• A third of UK students say that they regret attending University.  The likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga are all testament to the idea that you do not need a university degree to become a self-made millionaire/billionaire. According to the Office of National Statistics, 29% of graduates earn less than those that entered the workplace straight from college or via an apprenticeship. 
The idea of discovering a profession that does not involve a degree may seem like a daunting prospect. Luckily for us, the experts at Finance have the low down on what industry to build a career in.

    A third of UK students say that they regret attending University. The likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga are all testament to the idea that you do not need a university degree to become a self-made millionaire/billionaire. According to the Office of National Statistics, 29% of graduates earn less than those that entered the workplace straight from college or via an apprenticeship. The idea of discovering a profession that does not involve a degree may seem like a daunting prospect. Luckily for us, the experts at Finance have the low down on what industry to build a career in.

  • MARKETING:  Consider yourself an ‘ideas person’? Then marketing may be the industry for you. Entry level roles in the marketing industry can begin at £18,000. However, those that entered the industry through internships and persevere can see themselves reach a salary of over £45,000 by the time they hit their early thirties.

    MARKETING: Consider yourself an ‘ideas person’? Then marketing may be the industry for you. Entry level roles in the marketing industry can begin at £18,000. However, those that entered the industry through internships and persevere can see themselves reach a salary of over £45,000 by the time they hit their early thirties.

  • ENTREPRENEUR:  Found a gap in the market? A born self-starter?  Perhaps a life in the office is not for you and entrepreneurship is calling.  Zuckerberg and Gates are both ‘college dropouts’ and quit the books to build an empire. A decision not to be taken lightly - however, if you are motivated and determined, perhaps now is the time to start constructing your own empire?

    ENTREPRENEUR: Found a gap in the market? A born self-starter? Perhaps a life in the office is not for you and entrepreneurship is calling. Zuckerberg and Gates are both ‘college dropouts’ and quit the books to build an empire. A decision not to be taken lightly - however, if you are motivated and determined, perhaps now is the time to start constructing your own empire?

  • DIGITAL INDUSTRIES:  If SEO, CRO, PPC and Adwords are more than just jargon terms to you, then perhaps you are born to be digital.  This is such a fast-moving industry that a university course may not help you. Every time a new Google update shakes up industry, new tactics are required.  
A life in the digital industry can begin with an unpaid internship. However, a thirst for knowledge, a willingness to learn and some hard graft can see you earning upwards of £50,000.

    DIGITAL INDUSTRIES: If SEO, CRO, PPC and Adwords are more than just jargon terms to you, then perhaps you are born to be digital. This is such a fast-moving industry that a university course may not help you. Every time a new Google update shakes up industry, new tactics are required. A life in the digital industry can begin with an unpaid internship. However, a thirst for knowledge, a willingness to learn and some hard graft can see you earning upwards of £50,000.

  • CODER:  It's the must-have skill for the 21st Century - and many talented coders are self taught. Use free online tutorials and courses to get to grips with the latest programming languages. If you are great at problem-solving, tenacious and driven, you could get a starting salary of £30,000. Experienced developers earn much, much more.

    CODER: It's the must-have skill for the 21st Century - and many talented coders are self taught. Use free online tutorials and courses to get to grips with the latest programming languages. If you are great at problem-solving, tenacious and driven, you could get a starting salary of £30,000. Experienced developers earn much, much more.

  • HR MANAGER:  If you are hyper organised, great with people and can offer an impartial voice in difficult situations, then a career in HR may be the route for you.  Joining the industry as an admin assistant will ensure that you have a foot in the door and there are various online courses that you can use to brush up your knowledge. 
HR Managers within the corporate sector for global companies can earn upwards of £100,000 on a yearly basis.

    HR MANAGER: If you are hyper organised, great with people and can offer an impartial voice in difficult situations, then a career in HR may be the route for you. Joining the industry as an admin assistant will ensure that you have a foot in the door and there are various online courses that you can use to brush up your knowledge. HR Managers within the corporate sector for global companies can earn upwards of £100,000 on a yearly basis.

  • SALES:  Many sales roles don't require any qualifications - except the gift of the gab. Starting salaries are often low - sometimes just £12,000 or so - but talented executives can make a killing through commission. Don't forget that annual bonuses can also thicken your pay packet.

    SALES: Many sales roles don't require any qualifications - except the gift of the gab. Starting salaries are often low - sometimes just £12,000 or so - but talented executives can make a killing through commission. Don't forget that annual bonuses can also thicken your pay packet.

  • PERSONAL ASSISTANT:  The role of a Personal Assistant is one that you can enter straight from school.  Positivity is key, as is organisation, patience and the ability to stay cool under pressure. A lot of travel is usually necessary within the role and you are likely to be on call 24/7. However, do not let the likes of the Devil Wears Prada put you off. A lot of companies view their PAs as vital cogs within the workplace machine.
The salary of a Personal Assistant can vary, depending on the length of service and scope of work, but the salary range within this industry is virtually limitless.

    PERSONAL ASSISTANT: The role of a Personal Assistant is one that you can enter straight from school. Positivity is key, as is organisation, patience and the ability to stay cool under pressure. A lot of travel is usually necessary within the role and you are likely to be on call 24/7. However, do not let the likes of the Devil Wears Prada put you off. A lot of companies view their PAs as vital cogs within the workplace machine. The salary of a Personal Assistant can vary, depending on the length of service and scope of work, but the salary range within this industry is virtually limitless.

  • AIR STEWARD:  Travelling the world on a weekly basis may seem like a huge workplace perk. However, the life of an air steward can also ensure that you save most of your salary on your travels. The bigger airlines are known to provide their staff with accommodation and a separate salary for their long-haul flights. Over the course of the year, the savings towards your salary can amount to a hefty sum.
Air stewards usually have a starting salary of £20,000 - £25,000 a year.

    AIR STEWARD: Travelling the world on a weekly basis may seem like a huge workplace perk. However, the life of an air steward can also ensure that you save most of your salary on your travels. The bigger airlines are known to provide their staff with accommodation and a separate salary for their long-haul flights. Over the course of the year, the savings towards your salary can amount to a hefty sum. Air stewards usually have a starting salary of £20,000 - £25,000 a year.

  • HOLIDAY REP:  Although the starting salary of a holiday rep could be considered rather low, the opportunity to gain commission for holiday excursions is limitless. The chance to travel the world is also priceless. And the exchange rates and lower cost of overseas living can also work in your favour when you are earning money outside the UK.

    HOLIDAY REP: Although the starting salary of a holiday rep could be considered rather low, the opportunity to gain commission for holiday excursions is limitless. The chance to travel the world is also priceless. And the exchange rates and lower cost of overseas living can also work in your favour when you are earning money outside the UK.

  • PERSONAL SHOPPER:  If you have an eye for detail and consider yourself a ‘people person’, then a personal shopper could be your calling. Starting salary may be low but commission tends to be incredibly high. The need for a personal shopper may seem like a luxury but many high street clothing chains now offer this service, as well as the high-end department stores.

    PERSONAL SHOPPER: If you have an eye for detail and consider yourself a ‘people person’, then a personal shopper could be your calling. Starting salary may be low but commission tends to be incredibly high. The need for a personal shopper may seem like a luxury but many high street clothing chains now offer this service, as well as the high-end department stores.

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9 well-paid roles that don't require a degree

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 05 Apr 2018

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