Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Career Insights | 0 questions

There are many ways of entering a new profession. Many people go to university, find an entry level position in their industry and work their way up. Some jobs, however, aren’t like this. You can’t go university for everything, and even if you could the hands on skills needed to work in some positions just can’t be learned in books or academically. That’s why there are other ways of entering a new job – it’s called ‘learning on the job’, and through it you learn the ins and outs of how to work and get paid at the same time.

If you think this might be for you, take a look at some of the advantages of gaining skills and getting paid outlined below.



Interesting Jobs

The nature of some jobs is such that you only really get to do it properly once you’re in the job; there are no alternatives available for training. Think of a crime scene photographer; you’re able to learn the basic rules of photographing a crime scene, but you can’t really train for it –  you just have to do it. If you’ve ever wondered how to become a meat cutter, you’re thinking along the right lines; there are not animals kept in reserve for student butches to practice on. You learn by doing the real thing. That means the only people who have access to these types of jobs are the ones who put their hat in the ring to be taught and slowly progress through the ranks. Take a step back from the usual career paths and you’ll find an array of fascinating jobs just below the surface.

Paid for Learning

This is one of the main advantages of learning the skills to do your job while you’re already in the job: you’re getting paid! Most professions ask you to fork out the cash to get the skills you need, or ask you to do an unpaid internship before they even think of taking you on. Not so with ‘learn in the job’ roles. Of course, your wage will be commensurate with your inexperience and you may also spend large parts of your day doing the jobs nobody else wants to do, but you’ll be getting a thorough grounding in exactly what your jobs entails – and one day, you’ll have the experience to command a great wage.


Who better to learn how to do a job than from someone who has a wealth of experience under their belt? You’ll be starting out as a regular employee, perhaps part-time, and you may wonder why you ever thought it was a good idea – but down the line, as the benefits of your one to one training slowly sink in, you’ll know that you couldn’t have made it to where you are now without the support and guidance of your employer. You can’t buy the level of experience you’ll be receiving.


Learning on the job roles aren’t for everyone, but they should perhaps be more commonplace than they currently are. If you’re interested, contact someone within your desired industry and see what options are available to you – you never know where it might take you.