Didn’t finish high school? You’re not alone. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 8 million people between the ages of 18 and 24 have a GED certificate instead of a high school diploma. Many are wondering if it’s worth it to get their GED – in this blog post, I’m going to give you five very important reasons why you should buy your GED today!
1) The job market has changed
There was a time in this country when an education was not a necessity for many available jobs. Those times have certainly changed. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that today, nearly all high-growth occupations require some sort of training or postsecondary education.While it is theoretically possible to be hired without a GED, if you didn’t graduate high school and haven’t yet received a GED any work you do happen to find will likely be very low paying and extremely temporary. Taking the time to make sure you have a GED can ensure that you get a better paying job with some security for your future.
2) Earning your degree can improve your financial future
The average person with a high school degree or GED certificate earns $6,800 more than someone who has not completed their education. This difference in earnings is enough for an entire paycheck each year! For 13 years of full time work (2000-2013), this means 88 thousand dollars lost by staying out of school. Though it may take time and money in the short term to get your hands on a GED certificate, the payoff in the long run is substantial. If you do some research, you will find that there are ways to decrease the amount of time or money it takes to achieve this milestone so that you can maximize your earning potential even faster.
3) It will boost your confidence when applying for jobs or interviewing with employers
There may be nothing worse than applying or interviewing for a position you don’t feel qualified for. Studies have shown that people who don’t hold a high school diploma or GED certificate often feel inferior when they are seeking a job, even though they may have the intelligence and work ethic necessary to do an exceptional job. In fact, those who don’t have a diploma or GED may feel as though they are not intelligent enough to do well in their job. This is simply untrue and the only reason these people hold this belief is because of how others treat them based on the diplomas they hold. If you buy your GED today, studies show that you will increase your self-esteem so much that it will boost your confidence when applying for jobs or interviewing with employers.
4) You need a GED certificate to apply for college, and can even get some scholarships if your score are high enough
There are many reasons why people may not be willing or able to finish their education when they are young, but later in life they decide that they would like to attend college. Applying for college absolutely requires proof that you have completed the academic requirements to finish high school. Once you are over a certain age, 20 in most states, going back to high school is no longer an option. Instead, most people hoping to apply to college look into getting a GED certificate so that they can continue on their educational journey. Almost all colleges and universities will accept students who have received a GED in lieu of a high school diploma, particularly those who score well on each test area. In fact, there are even some post secondary institutions that will grant scholarship money to students who are entering college with a GED.
5) The military requires a GED or high school diploma to enlist
Ever considered joining the military? If you are ready to serve your country, but don’t have a high school diploma or GED certificate then you are out of luck. No branch of the armed forces will accept and enlisted member without either a high school diploma or GED certificate. Many people find this hard to believe, because it seems that the military should accept anyone who is ready to serve, but the modern military is seeking out enlisted members who are intelligent and show initiative and in an effort to recruit the right demographic, they now require proof of secondary education.
There are many reasons why you should get a GED certificate, these are just five. Take the time to do research, and find out the fastest and cheapest route for you to have a GED certificate. Your life is waiting, and it will certainly be better with the help of a GED.