Deciding what career to pursue is always a difficult decision. However, in 2020 this dilemma becomes more challenging than ever. This year has been one unlike any in living memory, and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic problems throughout the globe.
As a result, many businesses have had to let employees go and others are limiting expenses by not hiring at the moment. In this context, many school leavers may be worried that they won’t be able to secure a job, and may feel under pressure to go to university.
However, opportunities continue to be available in a number of sectors: let’s take a look at some of the promising career options for school leavers in 2020, even if you don’t have a degree.
- Digital Marketing
The digital marketing sector is booming like never before. This area was already in high demand before COVID-19, but the pandemic has led to an increase in online activity, making digital marketing more important than ever. As a result, there continue to be a range of employment opportunities in the industry. Better yet, many of these jobs are fully remote, giving you the flexibility to work from home.
Although you may think you need a degree in marketing to pursue a career in this area, there are actually a number of entry-level positions that require no qualifications and companies will even consider candidates with limited experience. As long as you can show the right attitude and a passion for marketing, with a little determination you will be able to make your way in this sector.
- Sales representative
Almost every company requires a team of dynamic and talented sales representatives to promote their business. These companies often seek school leavers who are smart and have good communication skills. As a sales representative, you will meet with customers and potential customers and promote the company’s products or services.
Along with learning useful information about the market, you will also be able to improve your communication skills and boost your confidence level. This job will teach you how to face challenges and achieve your goals. Sales representatives often have targets and receive commissions based on their sales. So if you perform well, you will be able to earn a lot of money.
- Armed Forces
You can join the Army, Navy, or Air Force after school, giving you the chance to represent and defend your country while gaining useful skills and experience.
Another advantage of joining the armed forces is that you will have the opportunity to study further while being on the job. For this career, you need to be physically fit and extremely hard working, as well as have decent results in your A levels or O levels. Working in the armed forces is all about discipline and the vigorous training you will get here will set you up for life, whatever your future endeavours may be.
- Bar Attendant
You don’t need to be a graduate to become a bartender or bar attendant. All you need is to provide good customer service and have good knowledge of the drinks offered at the bar. The work is fun and well paid as well, although you must be at least 18 years old to apply for this job. Also, you will need to obtain a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate.
Trades like electricians are always in high demand, and particularly so in 2020. If you want to learn to become an electrician, you can join an apprenticeship or training program. You will be responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical power and lighting systems in homes, offices, and commercial properties and to do well you will need to have good troubleshooting and customer service skills. As you become experienced, you will be able to earn a lot of money in this career.
- Home Health Aide
This job is in high demand, now more than ever. The number of people with disabilities, chronic diseases, or cognitive impairments is increasing and a helping hand is needed to take care of them. As a home health aide, you will be responsible for dressing, bathing, as well as assisting with medication and other daily needs. This job requires a lot of patience and dedication. You should be empathetic by nature to excel in this career, and by being a home health aide, you can make a difference in people’s lives.
You don’t need to be a graduate to find a good job. School leavers have a lot of options to choose a good career, even in a year like 2020. Once you are on a job, you can enroll in training or short courses to sharpen their skills. Many jobs offer on-the-job training as well. With dedication and hard work, school leavers in 2020 will be able to pursue a good career in any industry.