One of the pitfalls of modern society seems to be the idea that you need at least a four-year degree to get a good job. We are often told it’s the only way to make a decent living. One of my mom’s biggest regret was not having the money to go to college. That’s why she was adamant that my sister and I both at least graduate with a four-year degree. Saying that she felt strongly that having a college degree was the only way to success is an understatement. She considered it so important we didn’t really have to do anything around the house growing up, because we needed all our time and energy to make sure our grades were up.
The truth, though, is that being able to earn a solid living isn’t just about a four-year degree. In many cases, it’s more about developing a marketable skill. Not all of those skills take four years to learn. And someone will still be willing to pay you for those skills.
While I don’t think that you need to pay for an expensive college education to succeed, I do still think it’s a good idea. Any sort of certification or training in something marketable is going to add value. It’s also important that what you are going after is in demand. Here are some good careers you can get into without going through four (or more) years of school. None of these are pie in the sky dreams, either. Becoming a viral YouTuber who makes it big isn’t very likely for anyone. These are achievable careers that you can get into, as long as you put in some effort.