You don’t need a college degree to earn £60,000 if you choose one of these careers

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GETTING a degree doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll progress on the job.

Official statistics show that there is less than one percent difference in employment rates between graduates and non-graduates.

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Official statistics show there is less than one percent difference in employment rates between graduates and non-graduatesCredit: Alamy

While the starting salary for postgraduate program jobs averages £30,000, those who have attended university have to repay an average of £45,000 in student loans.

And the top 25 jobs for workers without a degree all pay over £35,000, according to a new study.

The highest paid is an IT project management role called a scrum master, where the average salary is £66,000.

There are currently 677 vacancies for this on the Adzuna job site, which conducted the study.

You can pocket around £65,000 as a construction manager. Demand is up 65% over last year and there are 457 vacancies.

An ethical hacker is also very well paid, where you work to probe and fix companies’ IT security to stop real hackers.

The average salary is £63,172, with 176 jobs available.

As the job market evolves, new positions offer even more lucrative opportunities for non-graduates.

One of the most popular is the influencer marketing manager, but you need to be social media savvy.

With 502 jobs nationwide and roles paying an average of £40,677, it is the top choice for young school leavers.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said, “2022 is a year of financial opportunity for job seekers without a degree.

“For many roles, self-taught skills are more important than a formal education, especially in fast-growing sectors such as IT, commerce and construction.

“As more well-paying careers open up, the price that comes with continuing education weighs heavier and we expect more people to choose the non-academic route.”

Jobs without a degree

  1. Scrum master, £66.6k
  2. Site manager, £65,000
  3. Ethical Hacker, £63,000
  4. Professional pilot, £61,000
  5. Food Safety Inspector, £60,000
  6. Private driver, £60,000
  7. Purchasing Manager, £55,000
  8. Casino Manager, £52,000
  9. Air traffic controller, £51,000
  10. Game Developer, £50,000

“Passion trumps diploma”

CHARLIE ROSS is Chief Commercial Officer of influencer marketing agency The Fifth.

The 28-year-old, originally from London, began her career straight out of school with an internship at a public relations agency.

Charlie says:

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Charlie says ‘College isn’t always a requirement for every job’

Charlie said: ‘College isn’t always a requirement for every job. People’s confidence, their natural skills and their ability to assimilate and capture information can be even more valuable for the world of work.

“In the influencer industry, personality traits, passion, drive and thirst for knowledge tend to trump qualifications.

“As the influencer industry is constantly evolving and changing, you will never learn every aspect of the job through a degree.

“I came into the industry with no specific qualifications for the role itself, but I had a passion for social media and that’s the best place to start.”

Jobpot

The MEAL GOUSTO kit company has 115 new roles ranging from recipe developers to maintenance engineers.

For more information see gousto.co.uk/jobs.

those stupid things

“I DO NOT suffer fools with pleasure”, and “Oh my God, where are we going to sit you?” are among the worst phrases used by bosses for new hires.

The Nicholson recruiter study sheds light on what not to tell new hires.

Study of Nicholson recruiters sheds light on what not to tell new hires

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Study of Nicholson recruiters sheds light on what not to tell new hiresCredit: Getty

Julien Gargowitsch, CEO of the company, explains: “Some examples of demotivating sentences seem quite funny, unless they have already happened to you! Employers need to remember that if you talk to people like that, the best ones will go elsewhere.

Here are the worst sentences:

  • “You have big shoes to fill.” Means: “We don’t think you’ll be as good as the last person.” Better: “Your new perspective for this role will be appreciated.”
  • “I don’t willingly put up with fools.” Means: “You’re probably an idiot who won’t last long here.” Better: “I like to help and see people perform to the best of their potential.”
  • “Oh my God, where are we going to sit you?” – means: “Your role is so unimportant that we forgot that we had recruited you. Better: “Here is your office ready with a laptop, a phone, a notepad, a tutorial manual and a first week itinerary.”
  • “We work hard and play hard.” Means: “We will give you too much to do.” Better: We really value our roles and our teamwork here, and we know you do too.
  • “We really like you, but we want to talk to other candidates.” Means: “You’re fine, but we’ll keep looking until we find someone who doesn’t look like you.” Better: “We are still in the recruitment phase, you are a great candidate and we will contact you quickly.”

Diversity gongs

The growing importance of diversity means that more and more companies are looking to hire neurodiverse workers – those with autism, ADHD and dyslexia.

If you know a neurodiversity star who is making a difference in your business, you can nominate them for the 2022 Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards.

The growing importance of diversity means that more and more companies are looking to hire neurodiverse workers - those with autism, ADHD and dyslexia

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The growing importance of diversity means that more and more companies are looking to hire neurodiverse workers – those with autism, ADHD and dyslexiaCredit: Alamy

Organized by Genius Within, the gongs have seven different categories that recognize employees and companies that break down barriers.

Awards include Stereotype Buster of the Year and Inclusive Employer.

Jacqui Willis, CEO of Genius Within, said, “This program shines a light on those who are leading the way.

Application before January 17 at bit.ly/3FnoURY

Jobpot

HAIRDRESSER TONI & GUY recruit stylists and apprentices from salons across the UK.

Search on toniandguy.com/careers.

Be a high flyer

SEE your career take off with a job at Manchester Airports Group.

There are more than 1,000 positions available at Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports as Britons start to take off again.

Get your career off the ground with a job at Manchester Airports Group

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Get your career off the ground with a job at Manchester Airports GroupCredit: Alamy

Jobs range from security guards and customer service and parking staff to front desk and departure lounge workers.

In Manchester and Stansted there are over 500 security posts and up to 95 security posts at East Midlands Airport.

Cath Bailey, Chief People Officer of MAG, said: “Airports are great places to work, varied, interesting and with great potential.

You can learn more about careers.magairports.com.

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