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6 Reasons for Getting Your High School Diploma

Graduating from high school and earning that high school diploma is important - more important than you may realize. There are real benefits to having a high school diploma and we'll tell you what they are.

Earning your high school diploma is important – more important than you may realize. Your parents have probably always told you to how important it is to get a good education. Sorry to burst your bubble, but they’re right. Today, you can’t do much without having a high school diploma.

Here are 6 reasons why getting your high school diploma is important:

1. Career Opportunities

If you want to make more than minimum wage you’re going to need a high school diploma. Without it, you're going to be stuck in a dead-end job with no chance of a promotion or a raise. With a high school diploma, or even better - a college degree, you're more likely to land a job that provides a higher salary in addition to health insurance and retirement benefits. A high school diploma can help you land a job that you can call a career well into adulthood. It will allow you to apply for jobs that you would otherwise not be able to do without a diploma.

2. Furthering Your Education

In today’s job market, a college degree is becoming more important. But in order to further your education at any type of college – whether it’s community college, a four-year university or an online university – you’ll be required to have a high school diploma. By obtaining your high school diploma and then furthering your education in college, you will make yourself available to apply for jobs carrying higher salaries and better benefits.

3. Higher Salary

According to research, graduating from high school will determine how well you live for the next 50 years of your life. High school graduates earn $143 more per week than high school dropouts. College graduates earn $336 more per week than high school graduates ($479 more per week than high school dropouts). Enough said.

4. Staying Employed

Statistics show that individuals who complete high school in four years are less likely to be unemployed. According to a 2006 study, people who never completed high school had a 16.3% unemployment rate eight years later. During those same 8 years, the unemployment rate among those who earned their diplomas within four years was dramatically lower at only 4.7%. Taking longer than four years to earn your diploma can have even more of a negative effect. Individuals who spent more than six years pursuing their high school diploma experienced a massive 18.1% unemployment rate.

5. More Opportunities

A high school diploma offers more lifetime opportunities beyond the job. You're more likely to live above the poverty line, giving you the opportunity to apply for home, car or school loans. With a high school diploma, you'll most likely live in a low crime rate neighborhood and not have any trouble with the law yourself. According to the National Dropout Prevention Center, 82 percent of prisoners in the U.S. are high school dropouts.

6. Additional Incentives

Not only will you feel good about yourself when you graduate from high school, but it helps protect your physical health. You’ll be more likely to have access to medical care (health insurance from your job) and have the funds to pay for it (better salary). Knowing you have a diploma makes you a good role model to younger siblings, or your own kids and grandkids, which will encourage them to stay in school (the circle of life). Plus finishing high school gives you the chance to learn a variety of things. The more you learn, the more well-rounded you'll be as a person, giving you the opportunity to apply for even better jobs!

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