At the time, dropping out of high school seemed like a good idea. Looking back, you may find yourself in a situation where not having a diploma is holding you back from either joining the military or securing the high-paying job you have always wanted. This may have been a problem before 1942, when the General Educational Development certification became an alternative to a diploma. At first, it helped veterans returning from the war. As time went on, it became an accepted means of showing your educational status.
Improve Your Self-Esteem
Imagine the pride you will feel when showing a family member or potential employer the accomplishment of successfully passing the GED test. This not only shows your level of education, it shows that you have the ability to adhere to and complete a task. The responsibility of this act will make your family proud, impress employers and give you a boost in self-confidence. It may not be easy to study or maintain your commitment to the GED program, but you will thank yourself in the end.
Open New Job Opportunities
Numerous employers including the military, labor unions and others require you to have either a high school diploma or a GED certificate. This makes you more marketable in the job market, and this means you will have more employment opportunities. More job opportunities equal a more stable life for you and your family if you have a spouse and kids. Jobs are not the only benefit you will find after you have your GED certificate.
Access to Continuing Education
Most trade schools, community colleges and off-job training programs require you to pass the GED test before you can benefit from their programs. Getting additional training from these sources adds to your skill set and is another way to increase your appeal to future employers. A higher education leads to better jobs, and better jobs have another benefit.
Earn More Money
According to a 2010 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, people holding a high school diploma or a GED certificate earn more money than those that do not. The difference in the study showed an $8,000 difference between the two groups. This difference grew even larger when the GED certificate and high school diploma holder received a college degree. Even earning slightly more money can make a big difference in your quality of life.
Lynda Schwartz is a fitness professional who began writing in 2004. She has contributed to "Women's Day" and "Good Housekeeping" magazines, as well as covered fitness and well-being for online publications. Schwartz holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science and health promotion.