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How do I make a lot of money with only a GED?

Are people down to earth in the work environment? Are u happy working at the place of your dream? Have u ever thought about switching career paths? Do u have the freedom to explore your ideas? What are some skills you have learned while being there?

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Tatyana’s Answer

How do I make a lot of money with only a GED?
-Build experience! Depending on the role, most employers are hiring for experience! With a GED that qualifies that same as a High School diploma. Review job descriptions for roles you're interested in and apply to the roles that you match the required experience. Take on special projects, set goals for the length of time you want to be in each role. Move up in current companies but also move into new ones so you can continue to build a great work portfolio.

Are people down to earth in the work environment?
-Yes! Make sure to research the companies you are applying for and review their mission & values as well as the perspectives of current employees on the the team. When looking for roles you are interviewing the company too, make sure it's a great culture fit for you.

Are u happy working at the place of your dream?
-Yes! You can make the most of any situation and circumstance. I worked 3 jobs at once trying to get into the company of my dreams. I finally got in! My drive and determination are the reasons why I've been promoted 4 times in the 5 years I've been in the company.

Have u ever thought about switching career paths?
-Absolutely! I tried out multiple types jobs before landing in the company I am in now and I still continue to change jobs inside the company. I graduated with a degree in Public Health and went into the Retail industry. If something doesn't interest you or bring you joy, don't force it. Invest your skills, experiences, and passions into things that you enjoy doing! You'll learn faster, you'll be more successful in work, but most importantly you'd be happier.

Do u have the freedom to explore your ideas?
-Yes! I have plenty of time in my professional life and in my personal life to explore ideas. I take initiative when it comes to my interests and passions. I try to combine those passions with my skills and apply them at work, but I also like to explore outside of work to overall teach myself other valuable life lessons.

What are some skills you have learned while being there?
-Communicating with others
-Multitasking
-Navigating difficult conversations
-Conduct virtual and in person meetings, trainings, workshops
-Self Discipline
-Time Management

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Jobs I've had: lifeguard, water aerobics instructor, pool manager, air bnb cleaner, wedding coordinator, barista, project manager, store manager
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Akinwumi M’s Answer

Making a lot of money with only a GED can be challenging, but there are certainly opportunities available. Some high-paying jobs that don't require a college degree include real estate broker, commercial pilot, construction manager, and executive chef. However, keep in mind that these positions often require significant experience and skill, so you may need to start at the bottom and work your way up.

Regarding people being down to earth in the work environment, it really depends on the company culture and the individuals you work with. Some workplaces may have a more relaxed and collaborative atmosphere, while others may be more competitive or hierarchical. However, it's important to be professional and respectful regardless of the environment.

I am happy working at the place of my dream. However, in general, job satisfaction is subjective and depends on individual preferences and circumstances.

Many people switch career paths at some point in their lives, as their interests, skills, or circumstances change. It's perfectly normal and can be a great opportunity to explore new passions and challenges.

The freedom to explore ideas can also vary depending on the company and position. Some workplaces may encourage creativity and innovation, while others may have more strict guidelines and procedures. However, being open-minded, proactive, and resourceful can help you find ways to pursue your ideas and make meaningful contributions to your organization.

Finally, some skills that can be learned in any workplace include effective communication, problem-solving, time management, and teamwork. These skills can be valuable in any career path and can help you succeed and advance professionally.
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Laura’s Answer

Love all the questions! Here is my take - and I also agree with everything Tatyana said.

How do I make a lot of money with only a GED? I come from a long line of entrepreneurs - none of whom went to college but all made great money and loved their work. This takes a certain mindset and drive - but finding something people want/need and providing it and then building a business is very fulfilling. My advice is to start young when you don't have a family to take care of and can live on very little - then build up your customer base, your references, figure out what works/what doesn't - and grow it

Are people down to earth in the work environment? Sure! And...it depends on where you work. But I've worked in lots of different jobs and I've loved the people I have worked with - both my supervisors, and the people I worked side by side with. You have to be open, kind, generous, and willing to accept and appreciate people who may be different than you - and they will do the same for you.

Are u happy working at the place of your dream? I make the place I work the place of my dream. I didn't go out to FIND my dream job - I worked hard, helped people around me, got involved and made it a place I love to work.

Have u ever thought about switching career paths? I have done this several times and this is the norm vs. the exception!

Do u have the freedom to explore your ideas? Yes I do - but I also do this in my personal life. I worked hard and am a 3rd degree black belt - started in my late 30's. I run marathons and half marathons. I mentor young people. I read a LOT. And at work I express my ideas, I welcome other's ideas, and I am able to contribute and be self-expressed and love my job.

What are some skills you have learned while being there? All the technical knowledge I needed (didn't have it when I joined), how to work cross functionally with others, how to lead and manage people, how to brainstorm and have it be effective, the importance of play at work, the importance of work/life balance and how to support my team in this - so much!
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Atul’s Answer

I suggest you go to trade school offered by your local counties to become a tradesman - get a certificate to become an electrician or plumber or carpenter or auto mechanic.
You will make money if you are good at the profession that you undertake.
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Vaidehi’s Answer

You can work with GED program and while working, you can build up on your skills. There are many successful people with GED programs who are actors and so on. I would say it depends on the area you want to go in. Like others said here, if your specialized skill does not require you to go into college, you can still be successful and make money. You can also figure out while you work on the skills that you have gaps in and just work on those. Look at the job postings and see what you are missing.

There are plenty of resources to learn online these days like community college associate or certification programs. Even in tech industry, a lot of companies do not require to have degrees to apply as long as you show projects or experience. You can try some internships and show work experience in the area you desire to go in. There can be disappointments on the way but eventually you can break in if you show the ability.

Good luck! Remember, you can make short term goals and long term goals and work at it. If you have the ability, degrees are just on paper in my opinion.
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Natalie’s Answer

GED is lends itself to trade and technical programs. The work environment varies drastically but you’re able to make your own schedule most of the time. You’d probably report to a supervisor at the end of the day but be on your own for the work day. Most tech jobs like health tech, fintech, security tech, etc. are pretty relaxed with good benefits and have remote options. Maybe being a customer service representative at those companies would be what you’re looking for.
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david’s Answer

Hi, Jason,
First, I encourage you to get more formal education than a GED. The world is becoming more complex, and more and more low-level jobs are being automated. If classroom work is not your thing, you might consider a trade school, or possibly the military (and the majority of jobs in the military are not combat related). Another possibility might be to attend community college to reassess your educational plans.

Yes, most people are very down-to-earth at work because they are doing what they're trained for and understand that earning more money would require that they have more training or experience. This makes for a healthy, adaptive, and supportive work environment.

No, in many instances you will not have the freedom to explore your ideas, at least not initially. To have that freedom, you need sufficient education and experience to have a job where the guidelines of the job are there to encourage growth within the position. As you move up in an organization, freedom to explore ideas increases, but they are few when you start at a low level.

I didn't answer all of your questions and focused on those I felt were most important. I wish you the best in your pursuits.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, david for the advice. Jason
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