People leave high school for many reasons. Some do not reach graduation because they become the primary caregiver for a loved one and need to stay at home. Others experience personal hardships that lead to them leaving high school, while others fall through one of the many cracks in the system.
Whatever your reason for not completing high school, returning to education as an adult and getting your high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) has numerous benefits. And getting the piece of paper that says you’re a graduate is just a small one.
More career paths at your feet
It’s no secret that having your high school diploma means there are more career paths available to you. While a diploma doesn’t tell anyone whether you are a valuable employee, a hard worker, or a real go-getter, many employers use a high school diploma as an easy way to narrow their pool of candidates. It’s as simple as that: if you don’t make the cut off with this qualification, then your resume isn’t considered.
Returning to adult education to complete your high school diploma or get your GED gets your foot in the door of many different careers.
Better chances of getting a promotion
Perhaps you’ve already found the career you love, but not having your high school diploma is stopping you from getting that promotion you know you’ve earned. Retail managers, office supervisors, and restaurant cooks, to name a few, are often required to have high school diplomas, even when the jobs that feed into these positions do not need one.
If now’s the time to open the door to the next level of your career, a high school diploma is fully within your grasp. Coquitlam Continuing Education even has evening and weekend classes that fit around your existing work schedule.
Stepping stones to higher education
Maybe the career you’ve found yourself isn’t the one you’ve always dreamed of. Maybe there have been obstacles standing in your way, but now you have the time and space to complete the credits you need to get your high school diploma, and move on to further education in the form of a certificate, diploma, or degree.
Obtaining your diploma or GED is the first level you must unlock before moving on to higher education and kick-starting the career path you’ve chosen for yourself.
Boosted self-confidence and self-belief
Perhaps the most important door that opens when you complete your high school diploma or GED is the one in our heads that tells us we are good enough, and we can really do anything if we put our minds to it. No one leaves high school for some small reason—it’s always a big one. Just enrolling in adult education classes to complete your diploma shows you’ve already overcome a major challenge in your life. Grit and determination will also see you through to the completion of your diploma.
Your high school diploma will not be just a piece of paper, but another accomplishment to add to the list that shows you—and the world—you can and will do everything you set your mind to.
To learn more about Coquitlam Continuing Education’s high school diploma classes, please visit our High School Credit webpage.