GEDs Taste Better Than Soap

I was happy to read on Geeks recently that community member Steve has obtained his GED. I’ve often talked in the past about how important an education is. These days, you cannot get any type of job if you’re over 18 years old and don’t possess a high school diploma or GED. There are college graduates who hold a Bachelor’s degree competing for the same entry-level positions that everyone else is hoping to land.

The economy sucks, plain and simple. People who have had job security for many years are suddenly finding themselves at the front of the proverbial unemployment line. These are hard working people who have many years’ worth of experience doing whatever it is they do. Yet, they’re out there pounding the pavement because their company — and job — has dried up.

Having an education is more critical now than ever. Even if you feel you aren’t the “school type,” I urge you to go. Get a degree. Research what jobs are hiring in your area, and focus on that. Look at what types of jobs are trending in the country you live in, and build on that (and your talents!). Whatever you do — stay in school, or get your GED.

Congratulations, Steve! Our whole community is proud of you.

Yours digitally,

Chris Pirillo
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Congratulations to community member Steve upon receiving his GED!

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