• Yes, I've been at my job for almost 9 years (on Aug 28th) and am earning $19.50/hr as a Customer Service rep. I did get my GED though...
  • Dropping out of high school will most likely not get yuo a good job. Notice I said most likely. I'm sure some Ab-er will argue they dropped out and now they're some CEO of a major corporation or something. But generally a High School drop can't get a good job. The Corporation I work for won't even hire General Labor unless you have a diploma. That's factory work. So unless he plans on working at McDonald's he's screwed.
  • I don't agree either. He's young, he doesn't realize like us that there is a lot more than a car. A game shop couldn't possibly pay enough to support a household. He will end up learning the hard way, lets just hope he get's a GED if he decides to drop out.
  • I'm not a proponent of the education system, as I think it teaches conformity more than anything else....but the numbers don't lie. Statistically, high school drop outs make significantly less income than those that complete school. The more education a person has also relates directly to the likelihood that they are employed full time. You have a small number of people who drop out and are born entrepreneurs. Those may be the one you hear about, but they are the exception, not the rule. For most people, who will be interviewing for their jobs - not having a HS diploma is a curse.
  • Why does he want to drop out? Is the school not catering to his needs as a student or person? I agree with Eponymous, the educational system is falwed in that it doesnt help ppl meet thier true potential. If he is fusterated, failing, then someone else's success will burn in his mind. If he is gifted in one area or just doesnt know what he is good at, then he need encouragement and help to make it through. Dont let him get out. After HS he can do whatever the fuck he wants, because I tell ya, college is a waste of time for those who simply arnt motivated enough. College is important, but a waste of time. Tell him to develope skills. Concrete skills. Is he good with cars? Machinery? Muscis? Writing? These days its NOT enough to get a job, work thier for years and expect a company to take care of you when you retire. A career is not enough either. Young ppl need financial skills more than ever because they are expected to take care of it all. You never know which skill can take you skipping and leaping to the bank.
  • no, im the person that finished high school and still cant get a job
  • Basically being a dropout by choice equals saying, "I want to be the best long distance runner," then going out and intentionally chopping off your foot. It's that stupid. "The average dropout can expect to earn an annual income of $20,241, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF). That's a full $10,386 less than the typical high school graduate, and $36,424 less than someone with a bachelor's degree. Sep 21, 2012"
  • Hit the button twice. My bad.
  • The job market in the US has been changing for many years moving toward more specialized jobs that require education and/or training and reducing the need for semi skilled work (minimally educated). The good semi skilled jobs of 20 and 30 years ago are now either totally gone or pay much less. Almost all semi skilled jobs have become eliminated or use technology to complete the tasks. Even if you can find a job that pays reasonably well now (without a high school education), that job will be gone in a few years. That situation will get worse and worse as time goes on. To avoid the likelihood of that kind of stress the rest of your life you really need a 4 year bachelor's degree,

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