When you’re hunting for a job, whether you just got out of school or because you need a new one, it’s hard to find a good job that doesn’t require prior experience. It’s true that for many professional careers you need to have a good education and years of experience. But there are jobs you can do that pay a lot even if you don’t have a college degree or even any experience. Some of these entry level jobs also even come with paid, on-the-job training to get you started.
Here are 7 of the best jobs you don’t need much (if any) experience to do.
Experts expect that the employment rate for bill collectors will rise by around 19% in the next 10 years. Many of these debt collector positions only need a high school diploma to do. To do a good job as a debt collector you need to have good customer service skills and be able to communicate effectively using a telephone.
You don’t even need previous experience in collecting debts. But realize you’re going to be the bearer of bad news on every call so this may take a toll on you. If you can stomach being on the other team, this job may be right for you.
There’s no need for a formal education if you want to be a bartender, but you should at least go to bartending school. It can be tough to work behind the bar as you’ll be dealing with people from every background you can think of.
There are some states where the bartender is the one held responsible if someone drinks too much so it also helps to have a good memory so you know when to stop serving people who’ve had too much.
Companies of every size and shape always need delivery drivers. You could be that delivery driver as long as you’ve got a clean driving record. Many of these jobs offer flexible hours and you can do them even without a lot of experience.Getting started as a driver with a company can be an excellent way to get your foot in the door and work your way up towards a better (and better paid) position.
The major downside is that a lot of times delivery drivers are paid as independent contractors. This means they’re responsible for self employment tax and providing their own vehicle and gas.
Real Estate Broker
The best real estate brokers are the ones that have built up a large referral network and attract return business. This basically means that it can take a few years before you become a successful real estate agent in your area. It also means that you have the chance to earn a lot of money. All you need to get started is an agent license to join a real estate firm.
If you want a real estate license you need to take a 60-hour course. After getting your real estate license you can then go on to take another test to become a full-fledged broker.
Being a garbage collector means waking up before the crack of dawn but it also means getting most holidays off, good benefits, and plenty of exercise. To work as a garbage collector all you really need is to be fit and strong. It also helps if you are able to drive the garbage truck, which is something that you can be trained in on the job.
There’s more to being a security guard than just patrolling the mall looking for troublemakers. It could mean working a protection job for an embassy, transporting cash for a bank, or even joining the Homeland Security team at the airport.
To be a security guard you need a high school diploma at the very least. Some jobs may require you to take a course. They also may require you to pass a drug test, have a clean criminal record, and maybe even acquire a firearms license.
School Bus Driver
Being a school bus driver doesn’t require much, scarily, outside of the patience of a saint. Of course you also need a clean criminal record and a driver’s license. A school bus driver is usually expected to work twice a day; the ride to school and the ride back home.
School bus drivers also enjoy all the same holidays and days off that their students do. You don’t need any experience to be a school bus driver and you also receive some good benefits and a decent salary.
Can you think of any other jobs that require no previous experience?