Can you get a good paying job with a degree?

posted 18 Sep 2011, 11:48 by Diane Shawe

By Diane Shawe 2011

In the Evening Standard London UK on Tuesday 30th August 2011 there was a big Headline in the Education Section of the paper 'Ditch the degree for job training' With degrees no longer considered a passport to success, taking a vocational training course makes sense.
In the light of spirally tuition fees, mass job loss, competition of new types of careers and a global industry that looks nothing like it did 10 year ago, getting the skills or qualifications you want as cost effectively as possible it affect a change has become even more important.

The belief that you need a college education to have a well-paying and rewarding job is quickly fading. A four-year degree definitely has its benefits in some parts if the business world, but it is not the only path to a successful career. You only have to check out some of the great entrepreneurs who had made a huge success and create employment for thousands.

Other aspects ought to be considered also, for instance according to some of the latest labour statistics, eight of the 10 fastest-growing occupations through 2014 do not require a bachelor's degree. Moreover, these jobs, which include health technology, plumbing, fire fighting and automotive repair, which are less vulnerable to outsourcing. After all, if a fire breaks out, you need the fire department to be a few minutes away, not halfway around the world.

Success comes from learning. Learning is a lifelong exposure to all that is around you. If you don't have a college degree, but you are a lifelong learner devoted to developing yourself and learning new and relevant skills, you will be successful. If you are under the assumption once you have a degree you can quit learning and find a nice well paying and stable career, you are likely to be disappointed.

Do you really need a job?

I think once again the rose tinted glasses have been removed for many people. This is not to say that not everyone deserves a well paying job and security, but the world seems to have shrunk, more people are competing for less and less golden nuggets and the cost of living is increasing month by month.

Starting a business is not for everyone, but even a small-side business can be a great supplemental income source. Getting qualified or exposing yourself to some practical training can be one way to inject a level of professionalism and even specialism before you embark on a new sideline business or career.

Top paying jobs that you can get or start without a degree

Have you ever seen a degree course for some of the following jobs that have huge potential, they might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it seems to me that they are services that will never go away.

• Estate Agent (about £60K)
• Window Cleaner (about £45K)
• Detective (about £40K)
• Consultant (about £50k)
• Diplomatic Services (about £25K
• Chef (about £30K)
• Air traffic controller (about £25K)
• Army Officer (about £30K)
• Legal Executive (about 28K)
• Hair extension consultant (about £50K)
• Professional Trainer (about £45K)
• Events Management (about £35K)
• Safety Risk Officer (about £30K)

When you look at that very small list, it is surprising how once could have thought that some if those jobs would be out of reach!

If you have the mindset that you can only get a good job if you have a university degree, then that is all you are likely to find. However, if you desperately look for opportunities not based around a degree, then you are going to be a lot more likely to stumble upon something and be even pleasantly surprised.

The truth is that the world is changing - and fast. Finding a job/career like our great grandparents (with security, pensions, etc) is truly going to be far a few between, especially as we are living longer and the manual roles have changed and given way to automation.

The best way we can handle it is to stay up to speed with what is going on in the world! If you want to attract the opportunity, you have to be prepared to invest in yourself. For every thousand pounds per annum you want to earn, it would be a good idea to invest £100 per £1,000 on educating and adding new skills to your whole portfolio. I do not mean spending weeks, months and even years achieving this, the world is just moving to fast.

A new breed of online courses and intense workshops have sprung up to deliver highly prized courses and training in a matter of days. Not just packed with all you need to know, but accessible continuous learning and training material to boost you and keep you at the top of your game.

Global lifelong learning is the way to go and now you can learn on the move via your SmartPhone, notebook, tablet or computer.

Check out Academy of Vocational and Professional Training for more information.