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I want to get out of retail, but I have no college degrees. I can't afford any schooling. Any suggestions?

I have completed high school, and I did go to two different community colleges, but I have nothing to show for it. I just couldn't seem to stick with anything. I have been working mainly retail jobs since. I have even been an assistant manager before. Yet, I find it very hard to get any job over $8.00 and hour and full time hours. I moved to San Antonio, TX from San Jose, CA two years ago. The cost of living is lower here, so the pay is generally lower as well. Yet I have friends who have the same educational background I do making more than me. I have been trying to get into entry level admin/office type jobs, but with no luck. They all seem to want 2+ years of previous experience. If no one gives me a job in that field, then how am I supposed to gain that experience? I cannot afford to go back to school to earn degrees or certificates. How can I get out of the deadly retail grip and make more then $8.00 an hour or even get more steady hours? I have completed high school, and I did go to two different community colleges, but I have nothing to show for it. I just couldn't seem to stick with anything. I have been working mainly retail jobs since. I have even been an assistant manager before. Yet, I find it very hard to get any job over $8.00 and hour and full time hours. I moved to San Antonio, TX from San Jose, CA two years ago. The cost of living is lower here, so the pay is generally lower as well. Yet I have friends who have the same educational background I do making more than me. I have been trying to get into entry level admin/office and even bank type jobs, but with no luck. They all seem to want 2+ years of previous experience. If no one gives me a job in that field, then how am I supposed to gain that experience? I cannot afford to go back to school to earn degrees or certificates. How can I get out of the deadly retail grip and make more then $8.00 an hour or even get more steady hours?

Asked By: Amara - 8/18/2007
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I think the bank idea is good, or even working for a similar financial institution. You already have skills, having worked as an assistant manager, so I would think you could get hired... More
Answered By: Anonymousgirl - 8/18/2007
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Have you tried getting on at a bank? That's what I did. I was working in retail and wanted something more. Some banks will even pay for you to go to school while working for them.
Answered By: adace2k3 - 8/18/2007
 
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