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Its situational. Bad choice
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Kite626(714) pic

Dropping out sometimes smart?

I was wondering what you guys think. I dropped out in January when I was 16 and turned 17 Last April. I started working at a drive in restuaraunt two months ago, and now I'm being trained as an assistant manager with a good starting pay. I also have my ged now. So I ask, could dropping out be quicker?

Its situational.

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Bad choice

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As big of a proponent of continued education as I am, I have to concede that sometimes dropping out is the best, or even only thing someone can do. I should probably also note that this is limited to particularly extreme cases; the overwhelming majority of the time, staying in school is the best option.

Rather than list numerous different examples of circumstances where dropping out would be the best option, I'm just going to throw out a general condition that could be applicable to numerous circumstances. Dropping out is the better option when immediate needs are such that the future cannot be considered. Education is treated (incorrectly in my opinion, but thats another debate entirely) as training (or at least prerequisites) of sorts for future career opportunities. As such, it is only worth pursuing in this climate when one can reasonably assume that future career opportunities are going to be an option, and only when pursuing said opportunities will not entail sacrificing something important to you.

Consider a situation where the families primary breadwinner dies, or is otherwise injured and rendered unable to work. All of the benefits available may not be sufficient to support the family under these circumstances without massive sacrifices- say, the college funds for the kids. In this situation, it would be entirely reasonable for a high-school aged child to drop out of school and enter the workforce, even at minimum wage, to support the family. Doing this could be the difference between the siblings having the opportunity to go to college or not.

Consider a situation where both parents are killed- elder sibling is, say, a senior in high school and 18, with a couple of younger siblings. That elder sibling may well be willing to sacrifice his education and- again- enter the workforce, just to keep his family together. Some may argue that the family would be better off if they split up into different foster homes, but try telling that to a family- particularly a group of siblings who have lost their parents and see one another as all they have left.

There are other situations, all equally rare and unlikely (but none nonexistent) where this can apply. If immediate needs trump future concerns, or if continued education would require sacrifices one is unwilling to make, then dropping out is the best option. This is rarely the case, but it does happen at times.

Side: Its situational.
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First, I would say that a high school diploma is now 100% mandatory to get any kind of entry level job of any kind. A 4 year college degree is (in most cases) mandatory to get any type of entry white collar entry level position.

So, if you are referring to long term career opportunity and overall wealth, I would suggest the high school diploma and college degree.

If you are looking for a good career which you can feel satisfied with and make enough to have a good life, I think you are fine.

The other interesting statistic is that a significant number of successful entrepreneurs are college drop outs (not high school), but that doesn't mean you could enjoy the same success.

Bottom line is that hard work and smart work will get you far in this world. I hope you find the path that suits you best.

Side: Bad choice
Kite626(714) Clarified
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I'm starting online courses for this upcoming fall for associates. I agree college is needed. I plan on going to corperate. I'm saying that it seems like this was more quick, short and long term. I'm going to start out 11 an hour as well.

Side: Its situational.

Even though you feel like you don't really need it now, chances are your gonna regret it soo much later in life. My mother, for example - it haunts her everyday that she didn't finish school, because she has so many dreams to fulfill, that are simply impossible, without a diploma of any kind.

Side: Bad choice