So what exactly can the GED help me do?
In the workforce, a solid educational foundation can be of vital importance when you're up for a promotion, trying to get hired, or moving on to a new career path. Nowadays, employment depends on education.
- Studies show that employees with a GED can earn anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 more than those without a degree.
- When considered for a promotion, superiors look at educational background.
- When applying for a new job, hiring managers look at education.
The best-paying and often most satisfying jobs require training and education and that comes from first getting a GED, then a college degree.
- Adults without a high school diploma are three times as likely to be unemployed as those with college degrees.
- Colleges and universities require a GED before accepting students without high school diplomas.
- College graduates, on average, earned 56% more than high school grads in 2015, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute.
Commitment and self-esteem
Aside from employment and educational applications, getting a GED boosts self-esteem and shows committment to achieving goals. Succeeding at obtaining a GED reveals attractive characteristics for employers and college application reviewers.
- Obtaining a GED shows commitment and follow-through, both of which reveal a solid work ethic.
- Succeeding in a set goal boosts self-esteem.
- It proves to the world and yourself that you are capable of setting a goal, meeting it, and succeeding.