Jobs for High School Graduates

You just graduated from high school and you need a job, but you don’t have any experience. While their number is shrinking, you can still find high paying jobs that don’t require a degree or work experience. The advertisements may state that previous experience is required, but if you present yourself as a serious candidate, you will probably be considered for the position.  Here are some jobs to check out:

Delivery Driver: National, regional, and local companies all need drivers and you can get hired as long as you have a clean driver’s abstract. You will need your Commercial Driver`s License, Class D. These jobs usually offer a lot of scheduling flexibility. Starting with a company as a driver could open up opportunities to work towards a higher-paying position.

Security Guards:  Security guards do a lot more than just evict disruptive teenagers from the local mall. You could work at an airport, museum, government office or as a secure cash transporter. To be considered for this job, you must hold a valid security license, be 18 years of age or older, be eligible to work in Canada, have a clean criminal record, and have taken the security guard basic training course (40 Hours)

School Bus Driver: You must have a lot of patience and nerves of steel if you want to drive children to and from school each day. Requirements are a clean driving record and a recent police check. Drivers work twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon and get the same days off as the students. You don’t need a lot of previous experience and the job can come with a decent salary and maybe even benefits. You will also need your Commercial Driver`s License Class B.

Entry Level Oilfield Worker: Careers in the oil industry are readily available in parts of the country. A high school diploma is usually all that is required for entry-level positions . Any training that you need is provided by the oil companies. Workers have the opportunity to work outdoors, usually for decent pay and benefits.

Garbage Collector: You will need to get up early to start your work day, but you also get most holidays off. You have to be physically fit and capable of lifting heavy items.  This job requires a Commercial Driver`s License Class DZ in order to drive the garbage truck.

Cable TV Installer: You can make good money as a cable TV and Internet installer. On-the-job training is provided so the only requirements are good people skills and the ability to communicate with the public.

18-Wheel Truck Driver:  In this job you will spend a lot of time on the road away from your family However, being a truck driver can be interesting and exciting. These jobs offer good pay, and little or no previous experience is required. You have to be trained and licensed to drive big trucks, which means you will need your Commercial Driver`s License Class AZ . Background checks may also be required.

Human Resources Assistant: These assistants are usually in charge of all the company`s personnel files and help the human resources manager in other activities such as hiring, orientation, and training. You may only need a high school diploma for this position. However, you will have a better chance of getting the job with customer service experience and Microsoft Office skills. There are often opportunities for advancement in this field. Many assistants who get additional training and education go on to become managers.

RCMP Officer:  Lots of children aspire to a career in policing. While this job can be rewarding, it can also be hard on families and relationships.  RCMP officers are paid well and receive good benefits.  The requirements are that you: are a Canadian citizen; are at least 18 years of age when you apply; demonstrate good character; have a high school diploma or are able to pass an equivalent assessment; pass a medical examination and are physically fit.

This is a tough job market. It takes a lot of searching to find the right job. Those without a formal education or with little or no employment history can find it especially difficult. There are still jobs out there; you just have to find them.

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by:  David Castillo Dominici/

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