How can I get a job without college education or experience?

@Astraea (175)
March 6, 2009 9:54am CST
Hello everybody! I've got a problem that some of you may be able to help me with. I'm currently in the last semester in secondary school (year 12) and I plan on going to college within a year or two. However, I would very much like to get some job experience before continuing school, both as a "break" from studying (I long to do something more practical!) and to become more attractive on the job market. It is currently hard to find jobs, but I have found some that interest me. The problem is that I have no job experience whatsoever, unless you count two weeks at a library in the 9th grade which, unfortunately, isn't much. As I have yet to attend college, I don't have any academic experience either. I know that it's near impossible to find a job even if you're well educated, but still... there has to be some way I can get a job without exerience, no? I'm not too picky about which job to choose, but as I'm interested in marketing, arts, languages and animal care, a job within one of those criterias would be ideal, but not a must have. Do any of you have some tips concerning my situation? How should I go about getting a job? Is it best to visit possible employers personally, or should I only target people who are actively searching for employees? How should I act during a job interview? Any do's and don't's? Have you managed to get a job without education? If so, how did you manage to get it? I'd love to hear some input from everyone this may concern. Thank you!
2 responses
• United States
6 Mar 09
Getting a job is not hard if you are not picky as you say. Getting a job that you like, or that pays well is the hard part. I don't think you should take a break, however. I have seen so many people do this, only to never return to their studies. These same people say "that won't happen to me", but it often does. Once you are in college, try to get an internship with a company in a field you are interested. Companies often hire interns, especially ones with good grades.
@Astraea (175)
• Sweden
6 Mar 09
Thanks for your reply! I think that I might work part-time during college, at least. I understand that people tire of school and stop studying. I hope I won't be one of those people!
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
you can get a part-time jobs that require skill than can also tap into your talents to earn money.if you are a good bakes,you can bake cakes and sell them.if you are a good writer,you can submit articles to dailies and magazines and apply for can also tutor kids if you are good academically.