While a college education can open certain career doors, other well-paying and fulfilling jobs are available for those willing to learn on their own. Below are the top ten job skills that can potentially lead to meaningful employment.
1. Web design
We've reached an interesting time for the world wide web. Everyone has a website, from stay-at-home moms to corporate CEOs. People who don't have one, want one. People who do have one, want to change it. It's a great time to start teaching yourself how to code. Start by learning basic HTML and CSS. From there, you can move on to more recent languages like HTML5, CSS3, PHP, and so on.
2. Freelance writing
Someone has to professionally write and edit the information posted on the websites that are springing up. If you did well in high school English, and you enjoy writing, you can certainly do well as a freelance writer, or a content writer. Remember, writing is like exercise. The more you write, the stronger it will get.
Do you like cooking, baking, and hosting parties? Then you may find a career path by following in the footsteps of Kate Middleton's family - and look where it got her! You can start your own small catering business, or you can search for catering jobs in your area.
4. Music lessons
Here we have guitar lessons, piano lessons, voice lessons, and the list goes on. Don't underestimate the value of the skills you already have. There are a lot of people who want to learn music, but need some guidance. Share your talents with them, and you'll be surprised where it might take you.
Positions vary by school district, but many schools hire high school graduates to assist in the classroom. This can be great if you're interested in part time work, or if you want to teach, and you need to gain some experience before getting your degree. Some of the positions in high demand right now are in preschool and special education.
6. Wood Restoration
There's a need right now for skilled woodworkers. Many people have furniture, antiques, and other decorative pieces that need to be restored and refurbished. This is one area of the economy that hasn't suffered because people would rather restore their old furniture than buy new furniture. You don't need an expensive wood shop to start out. If you've got a little garage space, a few power tools, and some wood finishing products, you can start by doing small projects for your friends and neighbors, then buy more equipment for larger products later on.
7. Landscape design
Experience with lawn care, gardening, and snow removal can build a resume worthy of starting a personal landscaping business. Busy people are always looking for help with lawn design, upkeep, and care.
8. Printing services
Anyone who enjoys using desktop publishing programs or designing documents and templates may be able to find work assisting small companies who prefer to outsource their print projects, including banners, signs, business cards, brochures, and newsletters.
If you are known for taking great photos or videos, consider setting up a local studio. There is an ongoing need for special occasion photography at events like graduation, weddings, anniversaries, and birthday parties.
Anyone can start with local projects if you have a truck, some muscle, and the ability to lift heavy objects. You can offer your services to those who need to have property cleared of trash or lawn debris, damaged homes emptied, and machinery moved to certain locations. If you really want to make a good income driving, look into a truck driving school. Drivers are in high demand right now so it's easy to get your tuition reimbursed through the company that hires you.
Vicky is a freelance writer and culinary aficionado. Her most recent endeavor has been studying web design in her spare time. She also enjoys horseback riding, tennis, and books by Jane Austen.