So I was sitting down being all depressed by my lonesome about my lack of a degree, when I confided in a friend doing his second degree in neuroscience. He said some really wise words to me about how skills are largely transferable unless you\u2019re doing a hands-on job.\u00a0 And that made me think. It made me think a lot. I then decided to not ever let the fact that I don\u2019t have a degree stop me from having a fulfilling career. After all, it\u2019s only recently that tertiary education has become a thing. Previously, university had been for affluent members (mostly men) of society. Before degrees became commonplace, people relied on apprenticeships and learnt their skills on the job itself. Nowadays, you don\u2019t need that. You can just teach yourself skills with the Internet! Computer proficiency Most jobs require some degree of computer literacy, and this can definitely be self taught. The most important programmes to be proficient in would be Microsoft Office, which quite a lot of us are familiar with already. As long as your basic computer skills (using Microsoft Office tools, basic photo editing and screenshotting skills) are on point, you should be fine. If you\u2019re looking for more, programming is something that would be good to learn and can be self taught via YouTube channels, or cheap online classes which even issue a certificate that you can keep as part of your CV. Extra skills There are other handy skills to learn which would look great on any resume - for example, speed reading, touch typing and public speaking. Speed reading is a very handy skill to have whether you\u2019re still a student or in the workforce. Imagine doubling or even tripling your reading speed to speeds of 500 words per minute (WPM). Do you know how much time you save when you\u2019re able to read quickly? Like, a lot. Touch typing is another skill that takes a little practice but has a remarkable trade-off, and can be learnt online free. All you have to do is Google it up and you\u2019ll quickly find resources. Communication and networking skills Given that we don\u2019t live in a vacuum and that we have to actually communicate like adults every day, communication skills are essential in any career.\u00a0 I worked on my communication skills with my best friends first, in a casual setting that I was comfortable with. I allowed them to give me feedback on how I communicate (their biggest issue was that I tend to forget to greet people and that I can be too casual - which meant I basically lacked manners). Public speaking can be worked on with a simple Toastmasters Club membership, and turning up for a few of their meetings (it\u2019s about RM 260 for six months, excluding a sign up fee).\u00a0 If that\u2019s too expensive an option, just make a drinking game out of it - the loser has to make an impromptu speech after downing a shot.\u00a0 Life\u2019s better when you can make drinking games out of career skills building. Critical thinking Through periods of introspection (read: trying to fall asleep on my new extremely firm mattress and not being able to, so I have to start thinking about everything I ever did wrong), I realised that critical thinking was integral to presentations and optimal day-to-day performance. That was also something I lacked, but yeah. Anyway, I found that the biggest problem with my arguments was that I tend to be too circular in the points I was making. This was because I lacked evidence, usually. I read a lot of articles on how to improve critical thinking skills (so y\u2019all don\u2019t have to) and they basically talk a lot about questioning the information you\u2019re fed.\u00a0 Thinking critically, aha. Bet you didn\u2019t see that coming. But yeah, think about the information you have. Leadership and teamwork skills Not a team player? Not good at taking the initiative? Well, I\u2019ve got good news for you - it\u2019s something you can work on!\u00a0 I did more reading and the top qualities that make a good leader are: passion, enthusiasm, motivation, the ability to inspire others, and, of course, strong communication skills. That\u2019s not an exhaustive list, however. To be a good team player, on the other hand, you require (again) strong communication skills, the ability to be reliable, and to stay relevant.\u00a0 I navigated through all of this by keeping a planner. The one I highly recommend is The High Performance Planner by Brendon Burchard. Not gonna lie, life\u2019s a lot harder when you\u2019re not equipped with a degree, but if it\u2019s the path you intend to take, you\u2019ve got no student loans to worry about, at least. I like to think of it as playing life as a video game on \u201chard\u201d mode, even though I don\u2019t play any games on anything harder than easy. For more articles on career and skills, read Watch out for These 4 Signs \u2013 Your Freelance Client Could Be a Waste of Time and Not a Good Communicator at Work? Here Are 4 Ways to Be Better.