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Once you’ve finished your ‘A’ Levels or diploma in Business Studies, the amount of post-18 options out there is bafflingly high. However, the two most well-trodden paths are going to university and finding a job. With the average student debt standing at a whopping £44,000 and no guarantee of a job at the end of a degree, it may be worth giving uni a swerve.

Getting into work straight away is the easier option, as there are fewer forms to fill in. There’s also less likelihood of going into debt, but what sort of jobs should you be going for? To feel vindicated in your decision, look to an employer that gives opportunities to learn new skills on the job and rise up the ranks. The employer should also have a role that is relevant to your qualifications.

Different skills

One such employer is delivery firm TNT. With offices all over the world, they deliver all kinds of packages to businesses, individuals and organisations. Working in the delivery/logistics sector requires all kinds of skills, including:

  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Working using your own initiative
  • Being able to drive long distances
  • Time management
  • Talking to clients on a regular basis

Teamwork is an essential part of any role. Showing an ability to work alongside others with a company like TNT will prepare you for all sorts of tasks, such as delegation, project management and brainstorming sessions. With them, you will also be able to work in different parts of the country, broadening your horizons in the process.

As they are a big business, you will also be able to learn about how companies with bases all over the world work.

Customer service

A big part of going into business is customer service. Knowing how to stay on-side with customers, what they want from you and how to handle complicated orders will set you up for the rest of your career. With firms like TNT, you will learn on the job, whether it’s with a regular customer or with someone who’s hardly ever had to deal with a delivery.

Dealing with customers is just part of what you can expect to learn when going straight into a business role. Rather than learning about the theory behind business like you would at university, you have a much better chance of gaining hands-on experience. If you’re after a well-paid job, that experience will give you a big advantage over recent graduates who might not have it.

Learning isn’t just exclusive to university. Earning whilst learning from a job will leave you better off in more ways than one.

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