In today’s competitive job market, having a high school diploma or GED is more important than ever. With so many applicants vying for every job opening, some employers won’t even consider a potential employee who doesn’t have a high school-level degree.
Some people who dropped out of school before earning a degree did so for good reasons. They may have had family or financial obligations that made it hard or impossible to attend daily classes. So, if your tight schedule was the reason you dropped out of school, how do you find the time to go back to class?
It is not possible to take a GED online. You can study and prepare for the GED online, but the actual test must be proctored at a place approved by your state. However, you can get your high school diploma online.
There are many advantages to using the Internet to finish your schooling. Online coursework is usually very flexible. You can do the work when and where you want. If your mornings are free, you can use that time. If late nights work best for you, then that’s when classes start. Self-paced classes also allow students to move along at their own speed. While there are time limits on getting the work done, they are usually very generous and allow students to spread their studies over many months.
Another reason you might want to get your diploma online is if you live in a rural area. Adult high school classes may simply not be available. The Internet will allow you to attend classes without having to travel a prohibitive distance to a brick-and-mortar classroom.
There are disadvantages to using online classes as well. You have to have regular access to the Internet, for example, and a working computer. If you don’t have your own computer, then you will have to go to the house of a friend or family member or arrange to use the public library’s Internet to get your diploma. You will no longer have the option to do the coursework when it’s most convenient for you.
Motivation can also be a problem when taking self-paced classes. Some people simply need regularly scheduled class times with real live teachers to keep their studies on track. If you know you’re a procrastinator, Internet coursework might not be a good choice.
Before signing up with any online school, make sure that the program is legitimate and accredited. Ask for recommendations at your local high school or community college before picking an online program.
Getting your GED or high school diploma when you already have a home, children or a job can be a real challenge, but it is the first step on the road to a better life and career.