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How To Get A High Salary Job Without A College Degree

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How To Get A High Salary Job Without A College Degree


How do you get a well-paying job without a
college degree? This is what we’re going to talk about in this
video. Specifically, how to get a job in software
development without a degree, although a lot of the stuff we talk about applies to most
fields. Hey, guys. Sylvester Morgan here with SylvesterMorgan.com. So, how can you get a job or build a career
where you can make a good living without a college degree? Most of us have access to so much information,
it’s absolutely ridiculous to think that you cannot make a good living without a college
degree. It’s super frustrating when I hear people
still saying this, when I see parents telling their children, “You have to go to college
and get a degree to do something with your life.” This is not true. So, again, just like I talked about in the
video, “How To Get a Job Without Experience,” we’re going to think creatively and think
outside the box. So, first of all, we want to figure out what
is it about a college degree that some employers, some clients value? Think about it. Why, in general, do companies, require a degree,
more so in the past than now, but why is a degree required in the first place? It might be that the degree covers the fundamental
topics and knowledge and skills that are required to fulfill a certain job requirement. It might be assumed that if you have a college
degree, you probably have some experience doing some research or working in a team. You should have some communication skills. Some employers may see that someone with a
degree had the ability to stick with something and to be persistent and to persevere through
something that it difficult, the process of getting a degree. They have the work ethic to do that. So, these are the types of things you want
to keep in mind, that you will have to prove to potential employers or potential clients,
that you have those skills and abilities. Something else that I want to point out here. I think most companies realize nowadays that
you don’t need a degree to be successful. But you may run into some employer, some clients,
that place too much value on a degree and not having a degree is a problem for them. Now when you’re applying to job postings,
if the posting says something generic like, “such and such a degree required or equivalent
experience,” something like that, go ahead and apply anyway. But, if you run into the rare occasion where
you get through the interview process and the company or a particular manager has a
problem with you not having a degree and that’s a huge issue then don’t be discouraged. Most companies, most clients won’t be like
this. And I would say that you don’t want to work
for a company that has that mindset anyway. This is not going to be a good fit for you. All right. So the most important thing you can do is
to get some experience. In my last video, I talked about how to get
a job without experience. Go and watch that one if you haven’t already. But, you want to get some experience, because
as soon as you get your foot in the door, the fact that you don’t have a degree becomes
less and less relevant. The last few jobs that I’ve interviewed for,
the fact that I don’t have a degree did not come up as an issue at all. The next tip that I have is you want to learn
how to market yourself. You want to build an online presence. So, a potential employer, if you submit an
application, is going to Google your name to search for your name. You have the ability to control what they
find when they look you up online. So, to market yourself, you can set up a Twitter,
you can create a blog, you can create your own YouTube channel. I talk about how to create a YouTube channel
for developers. I have a series on that. Go check that out. You can create your own website. And you can use these different things to
talk about the things that you’re passionate about, to talk about the things that you’re
learning. So, when a potential employer or client looks
up your name, they’re going to find the stuff that you’re talking about. They’ll be able to see the types of things
that you’re working on, the types of things that you know about. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk
about these things. You can just talk about whatever it is that
you’re learning and whatever stage you’re currently at. This way a potential employer does not have
to guess what you know, what you’re interested in. You can control what they see. You can give them a lot more than what you
can put on a Linked In profile or put on a resume. In fact, if you take the time to market yourself
this way, you can go ahead and put your website on your resume to be sure that they find your
website. And on your website, you can include links
to other resources that you use, that you find helpful. Marketing yourself like this will show potential
employers that you’re passionate about these things, that you’re someone that has resources
that you use to grow, that you’re always growing and always learning. If you’re writing a blog or doing YouTube
videos, it can show potential employers that you have those communication skills, those
soft skills. You want to also be involved in and participate
in different user groups and local meet ups. Locally where I live, we have a local Dot
Net user group and we also have a SQL server user group. be involved in these types of groups. Network. Connect with other developers online or locally. All of these things will make it more likely
that you’ll run into people, that you’ll build relationships with people, that these things
can lead to job opportunities. The best thing that you can do is learn how
to network and meet new people, and avoid the job interview and hiring process all together. A lot of jobs are filled before they’re ever
even posted. You want to build those relationships with
people can help you get a foot in the door. And then 2 broad categories that are too large
to talk about in this video are resume writing and interviewing skills. You can find a lot of this content online. I’ll try to have some of these videos in the
future. But, you do want to work on your interviewing
skills, especially those communication skills as far as communicating your value and that
you have the value that a potential employer would be looking for in someone who has a
degree. How to show that you have the equivalent knowledge
and skillset. And then also, on your resume, obviously if
you don’t have a degree, you’re not going to be focusing on the education section. You’re going to want to focus on the skills
that you do have, the projects, the side project that you’re building. But, I would include some of the online resources. If you’re using Plural Sight or going through
some online tutorials, I would include those on your resume. this is something that I’ve done. I’ll include relevant courses that I’ve taken,
very specific to the job that I was applying for. So, that’s another thing. You’ve got to customize. If it’s a job that you really want, you want
to customize your resume to fit the job posting that you’re applying for. You may even skip including some things that
you’ve studied, some things that you know about, skip those on the resume and focus
only on those things that will make you the best fit for the position you’re applying
for. Also, the online training, Plural Sight, I
think Tree House as well, and some of the others, they actually include things like
a transcript or an online profile or something that you can include in your application or
in your resume to show potential employers what courses you’ve completed. So, these are some tips that I have for how
to get a job without a college degree, how to become a software developer without a college
degree. I hope you found them helpful. If you have, please click the thumbs up. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and
I’ll see you guys in the next video.

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1 thought on “How To Get A High Salary Job Without A College Degree”

  1. Tim Clemans says:

    As someone who's self taught I'm finding John's new book to be very helpful. One take away for me that I will aim for an internship in six months.

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