A high school diploma means…you guessed it…that you
graduated from high school. Exams, projects, papers – you did ‘em all and your
teachers liked you enough to pass you.
You can get one for free, if you go to a public school, and
be done with it by the time you are old enough to vote.
While a diploma is better than no diploma, today’s world of
work is going to seem a lot more friendly if you have some more education or training
under your belt. High school grads face pretty high unemployment and underemployment
rates, and odds are any job you may land is going to pay significantly less
than if you had higher education.
Bet on a High School Diploma If
You can’t stand the thought of more schooling, and you have
a job lined up that you can get once you turn your tassel and toss your cap in
the air (watch for the sharp corners as they all come back down).
Keep in mind that education after high school doesn’t always
mean a Four-Year Degree
(although it certainly can). There are loads of other options, such as Community College, Technical Schools, and Vocational Training.
Heck, even Internships
can count as education. The important point to keep in mind when determining
which educational path is right for you is the cost (in terms of money and
time) versus the benefits. Oh, and make sure your education will get you into
the career you want.
Opportunities. That’s the key word when talking pros of
post-secondary education. Just a few numbers that will go up significantly with
more education include average salary, chance of being employed, and amount of
benefits provided. If that’s not enough, one number that will go down is the
chance you will end up in jail.
With cons, we are pretty
much talking investment: time and money. Education beyond high school is going
to take both, but if you crunch the numbers, it is probably worth it.
Bet on Post-Secondary Education if...You want to increase your opportunities to find (and keep)
work that is meaningful and pays more.