Why Should I Get My GED?

Sep 21, 2021

Maybe a traditional high school education was not an option. Or perhaps a high school diploma was close, but circumstances got in the way. There are many reasons why someone may not have a high school diploma, but that does not have to impact future opportunities! It is possible to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma with a GED.

The GED – originally short for the Test of General Educational Development, but now commonly referred to as Graduate Equivalency Degree or General Educational Diploma, is often called simply GED. The GED is an official test designed to measure a student’s knowledge in four areas – Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

The GED credential is considered equivalent to a high school diploma in the U.S. For individuals that were unable to graduate from high school and receive a traditional diploma, earning a GED can open a world of opportunities.

Earning a high school equivalency credential has many benefits! Here are a few of our favorites.

Increased Employment Opportunities

If you are looking for work or want more stability in your job, passing the GED exam can help you land a position, even if you have little to no prior work experience. Some positions or employers require proof of a high school diploma, a GED, or an equivalent certificate. Finding solid employment with higher earning potential is much easier once you have obtained your GED or high school equivalency certificate.

Increased Earning Potential

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an individual without a high school diploma or a high school equivalency will earn at least $10,000 less than someone who holds a high school diploma or GED. By earning your GED, you can also work towards additional certifications or degrees to boost your earning potential even more.

Continuing Your Education

If you are thinking of attending a technical school, college, or you are expected to get further training or certification for your job, a GED will likely be necessary.

Improve Your Skills

Preparing to take the GED exam is a great way to improve your skill sets. The skills you acquire during the process can also make it possible to excel in other areas of your life. In addition, learning new things is a great confidence booster and motivator!

Boost Confidence and Personal Growth

One of the greatest benefits of earning a high school equivalency is the confidence boost. Graduates experience for themselves the satisfaction of building their path for personal growth. Earning a GED is a wonderful accomplishment, and at the Perry County Literacy Council, we love seeing the boosted self-confidence and positive mindsets in our learners. The transformation in our graduates is inspiring!

Take Control of Your Future

Whether you have plans to attend college or you’re seeking employment with a company that requires a GED or high school diploma, getting your GED is an essential part of your journey.

A high school equivalency credential can pave the way for better employment opportunities, higher earning potential, boosted skills, and confidence!

PCLC Can Help

At PCLC, we believe that it is never too late to build a better path for the future. We understand that for many getting a high school equivalency credential is “not that simple.” There are obstacles facing job seekers beyond credentials – things like literacy, rent, utilities, phones, food, transportation, and more.

If you are a resident of Perry County and have dreams of getting your GED but don’t know where to begin, please get in touch with our office at 717-567-7323. We can help with free educational resources and training, as well as the full range of challenges you might be facing on your path to self-sufficiency. Through our one-stop satellite office at Perry County Literacy Council, residents have access to a social work office and resources from 19 different providers.

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