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So you’ve just finished school or college and find yourself trapped in the seemingly infinite catch 22 loop where you need experience to get a job, and a job to get experience. You’re probably asking yourself: ‘Does such a thing as 'no experience jobs' even exist?’
The short answer is yes!
Through a range of avenues such as apprenticeships or traineeships*, combined with a healthy dose of ambition, hard work and self-confidence, it's possible to secure jobs with little or no experience. Read on to find out how!
According to young people's careers magazine Future, 54 percent of graduates say they’d think again about choosing university as the best way to find a job. While higher education can certainly unlock doors to professional opportunities, it’s not a guarantee as far as work experience is concerned.
One way to secure a job with no experience is to work on a temporary basis for multiple companies to gain experience. You could also look into pursuing an apprenticeship or traineeship. Many companies will take on school leavers to train up, and you’ll have the opportunity to earn as you learn on a practical level.
Contrary to popular opinion, jobs with no experience needed to apply may also come with competitive starting salaries, and many of them can lead to growth opportunities as you increase your level of experience and continue developing your skills and your expertise. Here are just a few of many jobs you can get with no experience.
Many companies – and Search is one of them – will take on junior Office Administrators with no prior work experience. This role is a great foot in the door of an organisation, and you will have the opportunity to work your way up to Office Manager. You may even progress to a different area of the business. For example, a number of our Recruitment Consultants started their careers in Office Support and worked their way up to where they are today.
UK Call centres need people, meaning it’s possible for individuals to become Customer Service Advisors without having prior experience beforehand. Once you have your foot through the door, you’ll find that many call centres offer comprehensive training schemes and apprenticeships which not only allows you to settle into your role, but ultimately progress to a managerial positon.
Given the shortage of chefs within the UK, it is relatively easy find entry level chef jobs with no experience needed to apply. Many successful chefs start their careers at commis level, with no formal qualifications or experience beforehand. Think of the kitchen brigade system as a four-step ladder for career progression. You can enter the industry as a Commis Chef, and progress to Chef De Partie, to Sous Chef and eventually to Head Chef.
Although you don’t need a degree or work experience to become an HGV Driver, you will need to hold a full car driving licence to start training with a Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) which is required for the role. There is currently a huge demand for HGV Drivers in the UK, and experienced HGV Drivers can earn as much as £40,000 per annum. If ever you needed an incentive to pass your driving test, this is it!
While previous labouring experience and a reasonable level of physical fitness may be required to pursue a career in this field, you won’t need previous meter installation experience to become a Trainee Smart Meter Installer with Search Energy. If you pursue our year-long traineeship and pass the final assessment, you will ultimately gift yourself a career for life and earn a salary in excess of £30,000 per annum.
Remember that even if you have no direct experience needed for the jobs you’re applying for, you can take advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate your ambition, motivation and passion to learn and grow on a professional level. At Search, we have a range of jobs - with no experience needed - which you can view and apply for by simply clicking the button below.