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College and universities are hardly meant for every student who has grades. Sometimes, in the case of private universities, you might not be able to afford tuition whereas in other cases you might find it difficult to keep up with the course-work.

Dropping out of college is hardly the worst thing that can happen to a person and it is not the end of the world. A degree isn’t necessarily a requirement in order to succeed financially. In fact, there are multi-millionaires who don’t even have a high school diploma, let alone a college degree.

However, it is quite difficult to get a high paying job in a country like Sri Lanka if you don’t have a significant amount of degrees and diplomas to your name. So most drop-outs just give up and give in.

What these people do not realise is the fact that there are plenty of opportunities out there that don’t need you to slave away for years after a degree you never wanted.

1. Tourism
Tourism is a very lucrative area in which to earn plenty. For instance, if you have your driving licence, you can easily get into the tourism business. Freelancing yourself to various agencies as a tour guide or committing to one agency can be your choice, but in addition to your gas being paid for, you also get quite a lot of commission from various shops that your assigned tourists buy from, as well as healthy tips from your customers.
If you have a penchant for adventure, this is definitely an option to consider.

2. Arts
The Arts department in Sri Lanka is certainly lacking recognition, but when I say “Arts” I do not mean only paintings. If you’re a skilled or talented writer you could perhaps consider a career in journalism or creative writing. Many newspapers would willingly hire you if you are familiar with at least two languages (English and Sinhala or English and Tamil) and you have the ability to write well.

If journalism is not really your thing, you can always write for a magazine. This provides many opportunities for you to get to know people and expand your contact list, so that someday maybe you can create your own magazine.

3. Drama
If you have a flair for the dramatic, you could attempt at a career in acting. This is quite a difficult field to get into if you don’t have the necessary contacts or inexplicable talent. However, it is also a field that does not require many qualifications except talent.

4. Baking
Whether you’re male or female, if your talents lie in the kitchen, everyone will eventually love you. If you’re good at baking or the culinary arts, you do not need a Hotel School degree to start your own small business. Of course if you wish to work in a five star hotel, you will require some paper qualifications, but not to start your own business.
Many small time eateries are run by those who can make delicious mouth-watering edibles.

5. Further studies
If you dropped out of a private institution because the tuition was too extravagant to bear, you can always consider further studies at the Open University. They offer a wide variety of subjects, courses and exams for a very affordable amount.

For instance, if you wish to do the LLB, instead of spending millions, you have to only spend Rs 40,000 a year for four years at the Open University.

There are plenty of opportunities out there if you’re only willing to reach out and go look for it. A degree doesn’t mean a thing if you do not have the passion to chase your dreams. So, for those of you out there who are under the impression that you’re not good enough just because you do not have a 101 qualifications like your friend or next door neighbour, just remember, there are opportunities just waiting to be grabbed. Go ahead and grab them without further ado.

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