How to make money without a university degree

How to make money without a university degree
October 11, 2018 Work Skills
Study and work in your field simultaneously by choosing a course with Work Skills. Make money and get qualified at the same time with Work Skills.

Going to university isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK. Spending thousands of dollars on a degree and upwards of three years studying can be a tough commitment and one that doesn’t suit many people’s lifestyles.

If you would prefer to start saving straight after high school and get a foot in the door working in your chosen career, a course that allows you to work and study simultaneously may be best for you. From a Certificate II through to a Certificate IV and onto a Diploma, there are plenty of opportunities to progress your studies should you wish to enhance your skills while actively working in your field and making money! Many industries will encourage you to build a career without requiring a university education. We explore your options so that you can get started establishing your skillset, and saving for that car, house, or even a holiday!

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Hospitality

Many people seem to think that a job in hospitality is something you do while you’re studying at university. It’s true that lots of uni students are casual baristas and waiters. However, their jobs are often a means to an end while they complete their degree. A full-time career in this industry, on the other hand, is very different and can be exciting, rewarding and pay very well. Furthermore, so many people have a passion for food, drinks and socialising that it’s often a dream to open your own restaurant, cafe or bar. And this can be done without a university degree. While you will most likely need to start at the bottom and work your way up, opportunities for growth in hospitality come quickly for those who are efficient, responsible and hard-working. Hospitality employers are generally very supportive of students who are keen to work and study at the same time. It proves that you’re serious about your career and willing to grow with the company.

The best part?

You have plenty of opportunities to travel and work in this industry! Hospitality is a sector that’s valued worldwide, and it’s never too difficult to find a job in any country if you have service skills and training.

What kind of jobs could I have?

  • Waitperson
  • Kitchen hand
  • Barista
  • Bartender
  • Housekeeper
  • Cruise ship attendant
  • Concierge
  • Hotel manager
  • Cafe or restaurant manager
  • Chef (sous, pastry, head, commis)
  • Event planner

So how do I get my foot in the door?

You can start out with a Certificate II in Hospitality or a Certificate III in Kitchen Operations, depending on whether you wish to focus on obtaining culinary skills or service experience.

Study and work in your field simultaneously by choosing a course with Work Skills. Make money and get qualified at the same time with Work Skills.

Automotive

Automotive repairs is an industry that’s often associated with apprenticeships and opportunities to work and study simultaneously. There are particular job titles within this field that may require university-level education but most automotive mechanics build upon their knowledge and skills as they progress their career. Because this sector is ever-changing and advancing, it’s more important than ever for mechanics to know how to use software and computerised technology to diagnose technical faults and issues.

The best part?

A mechanic’s job can be quite dynamic, depending on where you decide to work. You can choose to specialise in different areas or become a jack-of-all-trades. There are also opportunities for you to open your own business in the future.

What kind of jobs could I have?

  • Service technician
  • Diagnostic technician
  • Body repair technician
  • Brake and transmission technician
  • Air conditioning mechanic
  • Vehicle mechanic (defence force)
  • Heavy vehicle mechanic (industrial and farming machinery)

So how do I get my foot in the door?

There are a whole bunch of courses to choose from if you’re interested in kick-starting your career as an automotive mechanic! It all depends on what you wish to specialise in. Beginning with a Certificate II in Automotive Underbody Technology will give you training on how to service a light vehicle. From there you can progress to a Certificate III, or even gain a few more skills at a Certificate II level, in tyre servicing, body repair or electrical work.

Study and work in your field simultaneously by choosing a course with Work Skills. Make money and get qualified at the same time with Work Skills.

Business

The term ‘business’ can seem a little intimidating to many. It’s often associated with a university business degree, but this assumption is very incorrect! You do not need a bachelor’s degree to work in business or even to run a business! Some of the world’s leading business people did not even go to university. Steve Jobs dropped out of uni after just one semester. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, never undertook higher education. However, it is beneficial to receive some training when embarking on your business journey. Gaining additional knowledge and skills will make your life much easier and your goals more attainable. Which is why courses that allow you to study and work at the same time can pay off. Being able to put knowledge-based theory into practice in your job on a daily basis is an invaluable asset when studying business.

The best part?

Training in business means that you will most likely start out in an administrative or receptionist role. The skills you learn in these positions can easily be transferred to many other jobs, should you wish to change your career path down the track. You will have the opportunity to work in diverse industries and environments with these core abilities under your belt!

What kind of jobs could I have?

  • Administrative assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Data entry operator
  • Information desk clerk
  • Payroll officer
  • Human resources clerk
  • Program consultant
  • Administrative manager
  • Program coordinator

So how do I get my foot in the door?

The best starting point for a career in this field is studying a Certificate II in Business. It will provide the foundation of your knowledge and allow you to see what areas of business you’re interested in. You may choose to pursue more specialised courses once you have completed your Certificate II, such as a Certificate III in Business Administration, or even a Certificate IV in Business Sales.

Ready to start earning money, learning and working towards your qualification? Contact Work Skills today to register your interest in our range of online and face-to-face courses in hospitality, automotive repairs and business.