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Do People Need GEDs?

deadly7

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So I was having a discussion with some people and wasn't sure what the "correct" approach on this is. If someone has successfully graduated college from a foreign country, would it make sense for that person to get a GED here? I know some hiring managers don't care, but I also know that some do.
 

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college degree > G.E.D

shouldn't matter which country it's attained in.
 
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Originally Posted by hoozah
college degree > G.E.D

shouldn't matter which country it's attained in.


so you'll be lining up at the clinic for a surgeon who graduated in rural Laos then?
 

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Originally Posted by Matt
so you'll be lining up at the clinic for a surgeon who graduated in rural Laos then?
I didn't realize that you can get a medical license after graduating from college in a foreign country. This makes little sense. GED is in lieu of going to high school, not medical school.
 
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read the phrase I quoted, he said a college degree's validity should not be dependent upon the country in which it is issued. I took that to an extreme to highlight how questionable an assertion it is.
 

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Originally Posted by Matt
so you'll be lining up at the clinic for a surgeon who graduated in rural Laos then?
I'd line up for the certified surgeon from Laos over the American surgeon with only a GED.
 

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A GED is a pointless credential unless you didn't finish high school. No need for this.
 

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Originally Posted by Don Carlos
A GED is a pointless credential unless you didn't finish high school. No need for this.
I only finished the 8th grade and I was able to attend city college and possibly could of transfered to SC or UCLA for film school. Didn't need a high school diploma or GED. EDIT: Actually I didn't finish middle school either... At the time I was going to school they couldn't flunk you in 7th and 8th grade and you got a free pass to high school. As soon as I found that out I just went to ditching parties, or stayed home for the most part. I only went to high school when my father dragged me there.
 

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Originally Posted by Hombre Secreto
I only finished the 8th grade and I was able to attend city college and possibly could of transfered to SC or UCLA for film school. Didn't need a high school diploma or GED.
One of my friends did something similar. He applied and went into community college, and they didn't even AZZk if he had a HS diploma. He spent years on that HS diploma for nothing!!!!!!!1111
 
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Originally Posted by intent
I'd line up for the certified surgeon from Laos over the American surgeon with only a GED.
LOL, people are so literal... Taking the OP's position on 'should the creds from there be relevant here', my point is that the checks, balances and transferability of degrees and diplomas exist for a reason - such as the prevention of Laos-trained surgeons arriving in the US and performing kidney transplants from home with their unreadable and effectively unverifiable degree framed above their kitchen table - and if that means that some kid from somewhere has to go back a few rungs to ensure that their qualifications are applicable, then so be it. There will of course be inevitable casualties and unfortunate side effects for people's lives in such a system ("I was a doctor back home and now I clean hospitals") but as an approach principle, I think it is basically sound.
 

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Originally Posted by bkstone
You can not legally be a surgeon in America with only a GED.

Let me phrase this better: I'd rather choose a Laos-trained and -certified surgeon who happens not to be certified for practice in America than an American who only has a GED and lacks such surgical training.
 

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Quit shitting all over my thread, ya'll.
 

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Originally Posted by deadly7
So I was having a discussion with some people and wasn't sure what the "correct" approach on this is. If someone has successfully graduated college from a foreign country, would it make sense for that person to get a GED here? I know some hiring managers don't care, but I also know that some do.
As someone who immigrated here with a technical degree, no-one has ever asked me for a GED - it's implied that if you have a college degree then you're capable of GED-level work. In industry the most I've ever been asked to provide is proof that I had the degree. I looked into a master's program recently and as part of the application I'd need to submit my UK degree to a service that reports what the equivalent US grades would be. Perhaps if you're applying to a large corporation for a position that only requires GED level work but has regular applicants who do not have that qualification, and the hiring manager is following policy to the letter then you'd be asked.
 

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