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Five Jobs That Do Not Usually Require Formal Qualifications

With the focus so often on the amount of formal qualifications you have attained, it is often perceived that to be successful in life is to have a handful of qualifications on which to build your career.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
June 24, 2023

With the focus so often on the amount of formal qualifications you have attained, it is often perceived that to be successful in life is to have a handful of qualifications on which to build your career. However, many people have little or no qualifications due to a variety of reasons and this should never make anyone feel disillusioned with what they can accomplish and any goals or aspirations they have. There are countless well known people who gained no qualifications and have gone on to become successful!

Here are five jobs that usually require no formal qualifications that may surprise you! Of course, individual organisations may have their own requirements and preferences so this will not apply to every company and it is equally important to note that by taking the initiative and pursuing any further training or gaining of certificates can enhance career prospects and opportunities and are available to all ages and backgrounds.

Warehouse operatives often require workers for tasks like picking and packing, stock management and general duties and many warehouse positions will offer individuals training which is given on site which will help you progress.

Housekeepers and cleaners do not usually need any formal qualifications but rely more upon the employees reliability, trustworthiness, attention to detail and honest disposition as you will more than likely be entering people's homes or businesses.

Care work and support work within sectors such as health care, care homes and residential homes often employ people with no formal qualifications but rely upon good references, experience or a willingness to learn and a genuine disposition. Companies invariably offer training and various qualifications that can be worked towards which will enhance knowledge and can further your career.

Retail positions such as shops and supermarkets often provide on the job training and usually do not require you to hold qualifications or experience.

Most of us love going into coffee shops, ordering a specially crafted drink and then watching it being prepared but working as a barista also doesn’t require formal qualifications as training is given in house such as using the different coffee machines, recipes, allergy awareness and health and safety.

People can gain experience and qualifications at any stage in their lives. Opportunities for further education and training can come in a variety of forms such as in your place of employment, colleges, online learning, courses held in community centres and libraries and helpful advice can be sought from job centres and your local council. Many are readily available, often with discounts if you are a low earner or unemployed so it is worth taking the time to find out what is available near you.

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