Hello everyone! I am looking for a bit of guidance.
I am ready to move toward the next step in my career but don’t really know what I am realistically qualified for given my schooling and work history.
Initially I thought to meet with a career counselor or something of the sort but before taking that step I wanted to gain some insight or advice from others that may have previously been on the same boat as me.
A little about me:
I started college but never finished due to prioritizing work and making money over education. Stupid, I know (young me). I also thought since I didn’t want to be a doctor, lawyer, etc it wasn’t truly necessary to finish and that I’d be ok just literally working my way up. I never really had a clear vision of what I wanted to do so I never had anything that I was specifically working towards while in school. I still am not certain of the occupation that I want but I do have a better idea now that I’ve experienced different work positions. Lately I’ve considered going back to school to open more doors for myself in the future but I know that is going to take time, money and to be honest I absolutely dread school. And, is it really necessary?
I thought I’d been doing pretty ok without the degree but lately I’ve felt I am under qualified for most positions, aside from entry level, because I don’t have one and because I’ve held several different work titles over time although mostly in the same field.
Over the last 5 years I’ve built my job history mostly in the marketing field. One of my first jobs was Social Media Coordinator for a medical aesthetic office (got the job through a friend), followed by Sales Representative at a marketing company (also hired by referral but sales was NOT for me lol) and was transferred over to my now position as a Support Specialist for a marketing integration platform (sister company to the previous).
The main reason I want to move forward and start a new job is to be able to work fully remote (I am currently hybrid), improve my skills (I currently feel I am at a plateau) and make more money. I just don’t know what is truly realistic for me at this time.
I lack confidence in my potential and my abilities because my resume just has work history and school history but I do have confidence in my ability to learn quickly and excel given the proper training and tools.
I am open to completing certifications to give myself more credibility on paper and sharpen my skills I just don’t know for what. Open to suggestions for those as well.
Should I go back to school?
I noticed a lot of jobs require “a certain degree or similar work experience”. Do you think my work experience balances out for not having a degree?
What types of jobs or job titles should I be looking for given my qualifications?
From what you’ve seen or experienced, is there a wide range of quality employers that will hire more so based on experience and learning ability instead of requiring a degree?
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