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    I am half way through the second semester of uni in my 1st year, and I have decided that uni aint for me. So i have decided to drop out at the end of this 1st year. But I am wondering, because I have dropped out, and does not have a degree, does this mean, i wont be able to get a decent job paying reasonable salary. For me, a reasonable salary would be earning £21k a year. I would like to reach this level of salary with about 5 years of experience. I am only 19 now. That should be an easy feat to achieve if you have a degree but since i am dropping out, I know it will be harder.
    So what are my career paths available?
    The most obvious one that came to my mind is to get a random job in a supermarket such as tesco or something and then work my way upto some kind of managerial position in 5 years or so. Another carrer that interests me is to be driving instructor. Legally it would take me another 2 years before i can become one, but If i do, It seems like driving instructors make some good money (£20 an hour). So What are some options which will allow me to earn around 21k in about 5 years time?
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    Ever considered an apprenticeship?
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    Depends, skilled jobs such as builders can earn quite a lot but not sure how steady the work would be. Have you considered an apprenticeship? The NHS also offers jobs that would pay around £20k a year but you would have to be willing to work your way up. I've been here 4 years and I'm not on that pay , by the time I get to the top of my banding I will be.
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    Continuing what RachaelBee said about builders, have you thought of brick laying or being an electrician (widely known for being well paid)? Brick layers get paid around .50p for a brick so putting up 400+ in a day would earn you a nice wage! Obviously you have to factor in rainy days though.
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    Although driving instructors may charge £20 an hour there's fuel and insurance + the up keep of the car to consider which could add up quite quickly. Also there may be a lot of unsociable hour involved e.g. weekends if a lot of the people you're teaching are students. Good luck if thats what you want to to though
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    Air traffic controller. Excellent pay although extremely stressful.
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    Pilot, train driver, driller on an oil rig, military officer, police, fire service, ambulance service (although paramedics have to go to University now I think?), accountancy, retail management, pub management, fitness trainer, car sales, web design, hypnotherapist.

    There are many career paths including well paid ones that don't require a degree. My sister never went to University, and earns around £28,000/year in retail management, her husband who did not go to University either earns £22,000 in the police. Neither have any debt and are on comparable salaries to graduates, however a graduates salary is likely to increase much more rapidly.

    Thinking of friends of mine a few have gone into accountancy with on the job training, a few work as fitness/leisure instructors, many have gone into trades, a couple have gone into the military, a few are in general management. I'm one of the few who's stuck on minimum wage. Another friend of mine has just got a job as a trainee chef and he's 26, so there's always time for a change.

    I'd always go down a route you like as opposed to doing something purely for the money. It's not always about the money.
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    What are your strengths and what are you interested in? Some of the chartered accountancy firms run schemes those who have 'A' levels but no degree.
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    What are your strengths and what are you interested in?
    I think this is an important question. For example if you are strong numerically and keen on business (but don't like academia for whatever reason) then something like the Big 4 School leavers schemes are good. NB. They often want strong A Level results though.
 
 
 
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