EMS with a GED. What are your opinions? -17 Years Of Age.

I have my GED, and I feel like I shouldn't even try to pursue EMS just because of that reason. I feel like I would make it look bad, and wouldn't be respected or taken seriously. I always feel awkward when people ask me what year I graduated, or what school I graduated from, and I have to respond with "I got my GED".
It was the decision I made, and I feel like there is nothing wrong with having a GED, but what matters more is what you do after you graduate. I guess I could say I feel depressed that I have my GED and want to pursue a career in EMS, because I might make it look bad, or it will make me look bad. I took a BLS class at the community college where my EMS training would be held, and I absolutely loved it. I got to meet some great people, and one of the instructors that teaches the EMT-B class that I would be taking, if I still decide to take it. For the past year, this is what I thought I would be doing to jump start a long, hard career in EMS. Although, for some reason, lately I have been putting so much emphasis on the fact that I have my GED, and nothing else. What are firefighternation's opinions/advice? Thank you -Alex

( Also, I don't want people to think that since I decided to get my GED, I'm a lazy, idiotic bum, so I'm going to pursue a career in EMS because I think it's easy, It's absolutely not easy. I know how hard I would have to work, and how long of a journey it is. )

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Comment by Alex on October 26, 2008 at 1:07pm
I'm going to be volunteering at a hospital until I have enough money to buy a car and take an EMT course. Thank you everyone for your help.
Comment by jill on October 11, 2008 at 5:01pm
I just read your post and I think it's awesome that you want to help. I got my basic card at the age of 40, while raising 3 kids, while dad was a long-haul truck-driver. If you have the heart for the job and you want to help, any department should be thrilled to have you. Get busy my friend and don't worry about the GED. Soon, you will have your EMT-B card, and nobody will know the difference, or care because all the cards look the same. Good luck with class, and let any of us know if you need any help.

Blessings and Be Safe,

Comment by laceysspringemt on October 11, 2008 at 8:45am
Alex. If there is someone who is sick and needs help do you think they care if you have a HS diploma or a GED.
Life is what you make it. You accomplished something a lot of young people are afraid to try. Good Job.
The thing that matters you did it and you have dreams. I got my EMS license fighting cancer. You do what you have to. Be strong and God Bless.
Comment by Andy Marsh on October 11, 2008 at 7:52am
Get to class! See you on the streets soon! Good luck!
Comment by Lizzie~Lu on October 11, 2008 at 1:30am

I dropped out of school in 8th grade (long story there), and got my GED 3 days after my 18th birthday. I thought I couldn't go to college because I hadn't graduated from high school. I was almost 40 before I learned this was not true.

I finally went to college, graduated with a Renewable Energy degree and work as a Wind Plant Technician. I am now pursuing an EMT certification because our wind farm is 40 minutes away from Life Flight and I want to be able to keep people alive while we wait.

Don't ever let ANYONE make you feel like you can't do something!! You can do whatever you believe possible!! Trust me on this one!! Go for it!! You will make us all proud!!

Comment by Alex on October 10, 2008 at 9:27pm
Thanks everyone.
Comment by Brian Dumser on October 10, 2008 at 7:06pm
At least you went back and got your GED. That says a lot about you. I have a friend in another F.D. who has his GED and has been a FF/EMT-B for about 4 years now. I know another retired Fire Officer who has his GED and went on to get an Associate's Degree in Fire Science. Good luck brother!
Comment by Cathy Shipley on October 10, 2008 at 9:40am
Alex..Congrats on the GED..good job! Go for whatever you decide to do, or to become. With your GED nothing can stop you but you..follow your heart. Just remember that EMS is not a money making career..believe me (27yrs in it) but I feel EMS gives me more then money can...sense of pride in myself for doing what I love works for me..take care and good luck..Cathy
Comment by Jenny Holderby on October 10, 2008 at 12:07am
Wait a minute!!! You EARNED your GED!! I work in an academic library @ a university where a GED is just as good as a HS diploma. You might have to take a few extra classes to prepare you for higher education but you can still take the tests for admission with a GED. There really isn't a lot of difference and believe me, I can't tell which students have a GED or graduated with honors.
You were raised in a time where everyone is expected to graduate from high school before you go on with the rest of your life. Years ago, people quit school for what ever reason & then (mostly women) went back to get their General Education Degree. Some went on to college from there or to a vocational school or started their own business. Some people who started with a GED have masters degrees. It isn't the education you have but the education you are willing to work for.
Get the education you want. Be who you want to be. And believe me, nothing in emergency services is EASY.
Comment by Kimberly A Bownas on October 9, 2008 at 11:04pm
Alex, whether you have a high school diploma or a GED it doesn't matter. You did what you felt you had to do and as far as I am concerned at least you did get it. It doesn't make EMS look bad because you have a GED instead of a diploma. As long as that is what you want to do and you work hard at it then you have nothing to worry about. Good luck and stay safe...

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