Top 7 Careers That Require Little Education

As the name suggests, the ‘Top 7 Careers That Require Little Education’ comprises of a list of viable and profitable careers that one can pursue without having a lot of educational qualifications. Recruiters for these posts hire candidates on the basis of their skills and personality traits rather than on the basis of their educational qualifications and marks. The list comprises of careers from very different fields, but majority are from the fields of Commerce and Arts.

All of these careers stress on practical knowledge and experience rather than education. But please keep in mind that just because these careers do not require much education, does not mean that they have very little opportunities for growth and that they are not financially rewarding. As a matter of fact, a lot of these jobs offer more growth opportunities and money compared to careers that require a lot of education. These growth opportunities can be exploited by candidates who have the right skills, personality and confidence. The only difference between these careers and careers that require a lot of education is in the process of recruitment. While these careers stress on skills and personality traits, other careers stress on educational qualifications during the recruitment process. The rest of the career track is essentially the same for all careers as your progress depends on your performance in the work field and experience rather than your educational qualifications and marks. You will usually start off with the entry – level jobs and then move up the ladder. These careers are suitable for people who have outgoing and dynamic personalities, and have the ability to manage people and communicate well.

BPO Jobs

BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) is the process of outsourcing certain aspects of the operational side of a business to a separate firm that specializes in offering that service. The most common type of outsourcing is in the field of ‘Customer Service’ and ‘Tele Marketing’ through call centers. Contrary to popular perception, there are many other types of BPOs such as ones that are responsible for training and recruiting employees (HR Management) and ones that are responsible for the Finance and Accounting aspects of the business. KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) is an off – shoot of BPOs and requires more skilled workers to perform vitals tasks including Research and Development and Product Development. The recruitment in all types of BPOs is done primarily on the basis of interviews and questionnaires rather than on the basis of educational qualifications. Recruiters focus on hiring candidates that have the necessary skills and personality to perform in this field.

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The essence of the BPO recruitment policy lies in the fact that the jobs are not very technical and require basic skills and experience in order to be successful. However, it should be kept in mind that not everybody has the skills and confidence that are required for this industry. BPOs do not consider educational qualifications as a part of their recruitment criteria; however, some BPOs might require its employees to have completed their basic education (10 + 2). Almost all BPOs conduct training programs for their employees, so that they can learn about the ways and methods of the organization and excel in their job. Contrary to popular perception, one has a lot of opportunities for growth in this sector and if you have the required skills, passion and commitment, you can climb the ladder of success and move into more managerial roles that will offer better pay packages. Due to the boom in the BPO industry, there is a constant need for skilled employees in this industry and having the right skills will ensure that you succeed even without an educational degree.

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Sales Jobs

The Sales aspect is the most important for any product/service provider in the world as this is the basis of the revenue that any firm survives on. This makes the employees working in the Sales department of any organization integral to the company/firm’s success. Jobs in the Sales industry include door to door selling, customer account servicing, inside and outside sales, business development managers and account mangers. Regardless of the type of the job, all Sales Jobs focus on persuasion and management skills of the employee rather than his/her educational qualifications.

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The recruiting policy that is followed for Sales Jobs is very similar to the one that is followed in BPOs. Employees are hired on the basis of their personality, skills, flexibility and confidence rather than their degree. However, a degree in Sales or Marketing might prove to be helpful, but will not necessarily guarantee success or recruitment. Sales Jobs include persuading clients to buy products and services and ensuring that they continue with the service or product for as long as possible. These tasks require excellent communication skills, including the written form as many sales executives are required to write persuasive e – mails to existing and prospective customers. The educational qualification required for Sales Jobs will depend on the post and the seniority level of the job you’re applying for. The entry level jobs will not require you to have studied after school. Their focus will be on your personality, attitude, sincerity and confidence. Such jobs can be great for people who are comfortable with dealing with customers and persuading them by building good relations with them.

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Designers are professionals who are responsible for creating structures of products and services. They use their creativity and artistic abilities to come up with designs that are visually attractive as well as operationally feasible. Designers are of many types, including Fashion Designers, Graphic Designers, Jewelry Designers, and Interior Designers etc. they have an in – built knowledge about the aesthetics of a good design and also possess the ability to modify and change these designs to suit the needs of the product or the client. They are also often involved in solving structural problems in products and creating aesthetically pleasing designs.

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The job of a Designer does not focus on educational qualifications but rather on the artistic and designing skills of the candidate. Designers are involved in working with new products and materials and therefore require immense flexibility and the ability to adapt. Recruiters look at a person’s portfolio, creativity, conceptualization, clarity of vision, designing and drawing skills during the recruitment process. Like any other artistic profession, Designing requires a person to be innovative and original. This is one of the careers where a person’s educational qualifications do not matter and the focus is rather on a person’s talent. This does not mean that a degree in design from a reputed institute is of no use. The purpose of the degree is to teach you about the aesthetics of a good design and introduce you to newer concepts and techniques. However, Designing is essentially an in – born talent and can be honed through practice and practical experience only. Even though a degree can be beneficial, it does not guarantee success. Your success will depend on your creativity, hard work, confidence, intellect and talent rather than your educational qualification. People who are creative, innovative, and have the ability to understand and create abstract concepts can be successful in this career and reap the massive financial and glamorous rewards.

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Performing Arts

Performing Arts is one of the most glamorous and sought after careers in the world. It involves performers who use their face, body and voice to convey emotions, thoughts and narrate stories. Their main is to entertain the audience and evoke necessary emotions. Performers can be of various types, including Actors, Singers, Dancers, Music Composers, Magicians, Comedians, and Anchors/VJs etc. Regardless of the type, all performers aim to use their talent to communicate with the audience.

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Performers do not require any sort of educational qualifications to become successful, but often require years of training. Their success is based on their skills, talent, hard work, commitment, luck and dedication. Please keep in mind that there is massive competition in this field, therefore you need to be excellent in your performances to excel as a performer. Performers often innovate and improvise keeping the taste of the audience in mind. All over the world, they are loved for their uniqueness, originality, confidence, personality and persona. It is their talent and their originality that make them successful. The career is glamorous and can be very well paying but on the other hand, there is a lot of hard work that goes into conceptualizing and fine tuning the performance during rehearsals. Performers are not known for their educational qualification but rather for their ability to communicate with the audience through their art and use it to entertain and inform. It can be a great career for people who are disciplined, confident, outgoing and artistic, provided that they have the necessary skills required to become successful in their art.

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The Indian Police Force is one of the largest employers of man power in the country. It is the duty of the Police to maintain law and order, prevent crime, investigate crimes, collect evidence and tackle criminals. You can join the police force as a Constable after completing your high school. To join the police force as a Sub – Inspector, you need to have completed your graduation in any stream. You can also join the police force as an IPS Officer by qualifying in the Civil Services Exam. Detectives are hired by an individual or a company to carry out investigating activities. They are responsible for uncovering the truth and collecting evidence. To become a Detective, you do not necessarily need an educational qualification and your success depends on the strength of your investigating skills.

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Both the Indian Police Force and Detectives are hired on the basis of their commitment, courage, discipline and investigating skills. The focus during the recruitment process is not on their educational qualifications, even though some education is necessary to join the Indian Police Force. Your success in both these fields purely depends on your experience, your courage, your technical and tactical skills and your investigative skills. As a Detective or a Police Officer, your work will speak for itself and your success will depend on your performances in the past. Professionals in both these fields are extremely important to the society as they help in providing security to the general public and punishing the guilty. Even though their work activities and authority might differ, both Detectives and Police Officer rely on their courage, tactical skills and intelligence to tackle difficult situations and succeed in their respective careers. These careers are suitable for people who are courageous, are physically and mentally fit and have the genuine desire to serve the nation and the public.

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Pilots are trained professionals who are qualified and licensed to fly commercial aircrafts. It is their job to fly the aircraft and make sure that it reaches the desired destination on time. They ensure the safety of passengers, conduct take – offs and landings and maneuver the aircraft during the flight. Contrary to what is popularly believed, you do not require a lot of education to become a Pilot. You can become a Pilot after completing your Class 12th with Science and Math. But you will need to obtain a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) before you can start working professionally. To obtain the license, you will have to undergo and complete a training course from a DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) approved institute. Please note that these courses are fairly practical in nature and the focus is on practical training and technical knowledge.

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Pilots are recruited on the basis of their skills and the reputation of the institute from where they have obtained their CPL. IGRUA (Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi) is one of the best flying institutions in the country. In order to get into IGRUA and other such flying training institutes, you will need to pass their respective entrance examinations and the subsequent Interviews and tests. You shall undergo a ‘Pilot Aptitude Test’ once you pass the entrance exam and the personal interview. This will test you on your practical knowledge and will aim to check whether you have the necessary aptitude to become a Pilot. Please note that such training courses will prepare you for the industry and impart you with the necessary skills on the basis of which you will be hired. Apart from passing your Class 12th examinations with Science and Math, there are no other educational qualifications required. You can become a Commercial Pilot once you complete the course and the necessary flying hours. Such a career is suitable for people who have the ability to make quick decisions, grasp technical knowledge quickly and who are calm, composed and passionate about the aviation industry.

Flight Attendants

Flight Attendants are the crew hired by airline companies to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers. They are trained individuals capable of dealing with any emergencies. Their job involves catering to the needs of the passengers and making sure that they have a safe and comfortable journey. They conduct safety checks, serve drinks and food to the passengers, write flight reports and handle emergency situations. Flight Attendants are also known as ‘Cabin Crew’. In order to become a Flight Attendant, you should have completed your Class 12th examination in any stream. That is the only educational qualification needed.

In order to become a Flight Attendant, you will need to pass through the entrance procedure which will comprise of a round of interviews and entrance tests. These interviews and tests will be based on practical knowledge and will test you on your aptitude and management skills. Flight Attendants are recruited on the basis of their physical attributes and their ability to handle customers and keep them happy and comfortable. Rather than focusing on your educational qualifications, airline companies will look for previous experience in customer servicing and other related fields. If you’re selected, you will have to undergo a training process where you will be imparted with the various practical skills needed for the job. You can start working as a professional once you gain experience and complete the necessary training period. Flight Attendants need to be polite and well – mannered and should have the ability to remain calm and composed during adverse situations. It is a career that will look to hire you on the basis of your practical skills and aptitude rather than your educational qualifications. It is a suitable career for people who are looking for glamour and travelling in their jobs, and for people who are comfortable in dealing with customers and catering to their needs.

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