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10 Jobs Offering Unexpectedly High Salaries For People Without Degrees

10 Jobs Offering Unexpectedly High Salaries For People Without Degrees

Throughout your middle school, and high school years all of your teachers, coaches, and counselors probably drilled it into your head to do well academically in high school so you could get into a good college, and get a good job.  What a lot of people don’t understand is that not everybody can afford to go to college these days. Maybe you don’t qualify for financial assistance, and your parents cant afford to pay for you to go, or you simply can’t fathom being in a lot of student loan debt right after you get your degree. Whatever your reason may be for not being able to attend college, you don’t have to worry about not getting a well-paying job. There are a lot of jobs that pay well that require little to no schooling, and here are just a few.

1. Plumber

The annual salary of a plumber ranges from about $37,500 to $67,150 (USD). You only need to have a High School Diploma to become a plumber, but you have to go through an apprenticeship for about 4-5 years before you can start to make those big bucks.

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2. Construction Supervisor

A construction supervisor can expect to make anywhere from $46,970 to $76,700 (USD) annually. You only need a high school diploma or equivalent qualification for this job, but you have to put in a solid 4+ years of good old fashioned work to become a construction supervisor.

3. Brick Mason

With your diploma, or GED, and 3-4 years in an apprenticeship, you can become a Brick Mason (Brick Layer).  A Brick Mason pulls in $35,860-$62,810 (USD) annually.

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4. Electrical Power-Line Installers/Repairers

You can expect to earn an average annual salary of about $64,170 (USD) in this field, and you typically only need your High School Diploma to get a job like this. Another incentive to get into this area? Experts in the industry have predicted a 9% growth in employment from 2012-2022.

5. Gaming Managers

A gaming manager is someone who is in charge of the operations in a casino. This industry has been slowly growing over the years so there is an opportunity that more jobs will become available over time. You really only need your diploma, and you could expect to make an average $66,200 (USD) in this role.

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6. Power Plant Operators

While vocational training is highly preferred, it is not required in this field- just make sure you have your diploma!  A Power Plant Operators average salary is around $68,100 (USD) per year, but may come with the burden of shift work.

7. Detectives or Criminal Investigators

If your dream career is becoming a detective, but getting a degree puts this dream out of the realm of possibility for you, think again. Although it may take longer than you’d anticipated, you can become a detective without going to college. What you will have to do is get accepted into a police academy, and serve on the police force for a few years, and then when the opportunity arises, go for it! It may seem like a long shot, but with an average annual salary of $76,730 (USD) it’s definitely worth a try!

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8. Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers

With the shipping industry only getting stronger, this is a good job to look in to. This job requires you to plan and direct the logistics involved in planning and shipping merchandise efficiently. The average annual salary for this job is around $83,890 (USD) and only requires a diploma, if you are willing to work up the company ladder.

9. Sales Representative

The only thing required of you for this kind of job is your high school diploma, and the drive and ability to sell bottled water to a fish. Sales Reps can find jobs in almost any industry, and can expect to earn around $35,000 to $113,000 (USD) annually.

10. Purchasing Manager

A purchasing manager has a lot of responsibility, from interviewing vendors, to negotiating contracts. Hence, they often need to put in quite a few hours. But with an annual average salary of $91,431 (USD), and the role only requiring a diploma, it’s worth considering!

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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