University is an amazing opportunity, but it isn’t the right path for everyone. It also isn’t the only path you can take after leaving school, even though it sometimes seems this way. Often, students feel pressured into going to university because they aren’t sure what else to do or don’t feel they are ready to choose a career. Unfortunately this leads to many people making the wrong decision, with 1 in 5 students quitting their university degree in the first year of their course.

Why pursue a trade?

It’s important to remember that you do not need a degree to get a good job. A degree might look good on your CV, but there are plenty of other ways that you can look great on paper without a degree. If you’re someone who is creative and enjoys learning practical skills, learning a trade might be a good option for you.

There are many reasons to consider pursuing a trade after leaving school:

  • Stability is important for lots of people when finding a career, which is definitely possible when you learn a trade. Learning a trade requires special training to earn bespoke skills. After this training, you will be much sought after by companies who specialize in your line of work.
  • Once you have your foot in the door at a company, you’ll be able to work your way up to higher positions. Often, this means a stable income with the opportunity to earn a high salary in managerial positions later on in your career.
  • Not many people have the skills or resources to set up their own business. However, if you are skilled at a specific trade, you could eventually create your own business and market your skills. 
  • Once you have a few years of experience in your vocation, you shouldn’t struggle to find a job abroad. You skills will be highly sought after in all countries, which is great news if you enjoy travel and want to set up elsewhere.

And the best thing is, you can achieve all this without having a degree. Instead, you can either study for a qualification or get an apprenticeship in a company who specialise in your chosen vocation.

Below, you can find information on 7 different trade careers, their average salary and any qualifications you might need to succeed in the profession.

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Katie Myers is a content writer for Saxton Blades, a leading tools company based in West Sussex. With both their content and products, Saxton Blades aims to inspire their customers to achieve great results in their construction work.

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