How I Got a $60,000 Job at 26 With No College Degree

Posted on February 20, 2015

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on maximizing your income and earning your dream job:

At 21 I was making $45,000/year.

At 26 I was making $62,500/year.

At 29, I’m currently earning $85,000/year.

That’s more than most Americans twice my age earn. I’m not trying to brag. Believe me, I’m not that kind of guy.

I just want to provide context so that you realize how great of an accomplishment this is.

I have a passion for people. Maybe it’s because I’m an Aquarius.

All I know is that I love helping people. It’s the reason why I wrote this 3-part article series, why I wrote my book: What Next? The Millennial’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Real World and why I created a career development course exposing the system I’ve used to double my salary in 4 years.

In this article I’m going to explain what I’ve done to get a $62,500 job at 26 with no college degree.

Although I’m earning more than $20,000 today than I was 3 years ago, I felt it important to focus this article on my $62,500 earnings at 26 because this is when I really hit my stride, or what Malcolm Gladwell would refer to as my “tipping point.”

In my career development course I cover everything I’ve done throughout my entire career in great detail. If you want to really get the “secret sauce,” I highly encourage you to check it out.

I’d love to give you all of the secrets here, but this article would go on for an eternity, and lets face it… You’re not going to read a 2-hour long article.

My course is split up into over 50 bite-sized video lectures and resource materials and covers every component of career development including:

  • Personal branding
  • Networking
  • Social networking
  • Job search
  • Resume’ building
  • Interview skills training
  • Salary negotiation
  • Work life balance
  • Raises & promotions
  • Career change

Now that the public service announcement is over, how about we dive right in!

In part 1 of this series, I explained a lot of the fundamental tactics I put into place to launch my career. Those tactics provided me with a solid foundation.

What follows below are tactics I executed that compliments the work done in part 1.

1. I Worked for Free

Work for Free
Working for free is so under-rated.

It’s the secret weapon I used to learn new skills by using other people and businesses as my personal guinea pigs, while at the same time building up my portfolio.

See… There’s so many people (especially recent college grads) who enter the job market expecting top dollar just because they have a college degree. I’m sorry, but the world just doesn’t work like that.

That’s why Millennials have been referred to as “The Lost Generation.” During the peak of The Great Recession millions of Millennials were graduating from college only to find that the high-paying jobs that their colleges mis-led them into believing were waiting on them after graduation weren’t there.

Instead of picking themselves up by the bootstraps, many college-educated Millennials took jobs in the service industry to “wait it out.” They became Starbucks baristas, waiters and bar tenders.

Many of those millions of people who are now pushing 30 are still screwed.

That’s because while they were wasting time, people like me were learning marketable skills and working for free to build up my portfolio.

Between the ages of 18 – 24 I can’t begin to imagine how many free websites I built or how many free marketing consultations I gave away.

Instead of being an entitled Millennial, I graciously accepted these free opportunities, because I knew they served a greater good long-term.

If you’re a Millennial and you’re reading this, I apologize if it sounds like I’m beating you up.

The thing is, it’s really not your fault. Most Millennials’ parents and professors coddled them and recommended they sit at home post-graduation and “wait it out.”

5 years later, these people have blank resume’s, which makes them virtually unhireable.

If this describes you then you ABSOLUTELY need to enroll in my course right away!

I could keep harping on the value of working for free all day long, but I’ll stop here.

I think you get the point.

2. I Established Credibility

Remember that phrase, “the proof is in the pudding?” It’s true.

In a world where competition for jobs is at an all-time high and job applicants are creating embellished and bogus resume’s, employers are now extremely skeptical of every applicant who walks through the door.

I can teach you how to interview, and I actually do in my course, but the interview is only going to get you so far because other people can learn to interview well also.

This is why the single most important thing that matters as it pertains to getting the job of your dreams and earning the big bucks is your ability to prove yourself and establish credibility.

One of the ways you do this is by having a stack of reference letters publicly displayed on your website portfolio.

If you’re smart, you will add the link to your website portfolio to the top of your resume’. Nosy employers will see this and instantly go check it out.

When they visit your website and see the rave reviews you have from former employers, colleagues, mentors, teachers, professors, etc, they will fall in love with you.

Here is why this works:

People don’t trust what people say about themselves, because the individual has a motive to make themselves sound good.

However, people do trust 3rd party reviews. That’s the reason why sites like Yelp exist and why reviews on Amazon are so popular.

So go out there and contact everyone you know and ask them to give you a reference letter.

I had my wife use this tactic 2 months ago. She’s a project manager who’s worked with over 100 clients.

I had her ask every single one of them for a reference letter and they gladly obliged.

So now, when you go to her website portfolio, you see her beautiful face with a tagline that says…

“Experienced Project Manager with 76 Reference Letters to Prove it!”

After her reference letters were assembled and posted on her website portfolio, I had her put her resume’ online.

Within 2 weeks she secured a better job with a $15,000 pay increase!

Don’t you want these types of results?

If so, you need to take my course, where I expose all of my secrets.

3. I Started at the Bottom

Started from the Bottom
This kind of goes hand-in-hand with point 1.

When I started my career I started from the bottom. So many people (especially young adults) expect a position at or near management when they’re 25.

Here’s the thing… Just because you have a B.A., B.S., or an M.B.A., you still have to pay your dues.

This is unavoidable.

However, if you start working on learning marketable skills, building your portfolio and building your personal brand today, you’ll be able to leap frog the competition and stay at the bottom for a much shorter duration than most.

I went into management when I was 27, which is super early.

I earned this title because I started my career early and immediately began putting the aforementioned process to work.

If you’re in high school, college, or recently graduated you REALLY need to consider my course as you’ll truly benefit the most based on the “starting from the bottom” process.

The sooner you get yourself together, the faster you’ll be able to accelerate your career and make more money.

4. I Freelanced

Freelancing and contract positions are huge! It’s a growing sector of employment that’s expected to grow 11% this year alone!

The first real job I ever took was a contract job.

Contract jobs typically pay an hourly rate, but don’t come with any benefits. ie: health insurance, retirement plans or paid time off.

This isn’t ideal. However, gaining contract employment is a great way to get your foot in the door and get real work experience.

Employers who contract typically have a much less stringent vetting process, which means that it’s easier to obtain those jobs because the interview process is much shorter and their requirements are often less intense.

If you’re new in your career or if you’re looking to switch careers, freelancing or contracting is a great option.

My first contract job is what led to the job I later obtained where I earned more than $60,000/year.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. That’s how I got a job making over $60,000/year at 26 years old with no college degree.

There are so many more details we need to go over.

As previously mentioned, uncovering all of the secrets in my system that allow me to maximize my income, get dream jobs and become unemployment-proof can’t all be explained in an article. It’s just not practical.

That’s why I developed Conquer Career Course. If you haven’t done so already, I highly encourage you to enroll now.

I’m currently offering a discount for a limited time only to a limited number of new students.

Over 2,000 students have already taken my course and are thrilled with the content!

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