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High School Graduates

Title: Chairman Bob Sutton's Insights for High School Graduates

Hello and congratulations to all high school graduates! This is an exciting time for you as you embark on a new chapter in your life. However, before you do, I would like to start a conversation with you about the value of your high school diploma and how to succeed in today's competitive job market.

First, I want to ask you a few questions. What does your high school diploma mean to you? Have the last 12 years of education prepared you for the challenges of the real world? Are you equipped with the skills and knowledge to compete for jobs in a global market? These are important questions to ask yourself as you move forward in your career.

In today's world, having a high school diploma is just the starting point. You need to have a skill set that is valuable in the job market. Employers are looking for candidates who have experience, knowledge, and are ready to hit the ground running. Therefore, it is important to reflect on your skill set and think about what you can offer to the workforce.

If you're planning to pursue higher education, it is crucial to be prepared. College courses can be demanding, and many students find themselves taking remedial classes before they can even start earning college credits. This can put you behind in your studies and lead to additional costs. So, it is important to assess your readiness for college-level coursework and seek help if needed.

Real-world work experience is also valuable when it comes to job hunting. Employers are interested in candidates who have practical skills that can be applied to the workplace. Therefore, it's essential to gain work experience while you're still in school. This can be through internships, volunteering, or part-time jobs. Whatever it is, it will help you stand out in a crowded job market.

Finally, I want to ask you who taught you the most in your education journey? Was it a public school teacher, a private school teacher, a charter school teacher, a tutor, an administrator, your parents or a family member, a mentor, or an employer? Recognizing those who have helped you along the way is important. They have contributed to your success and helped shape the person you are today.

In conclusion, as you celebrate your high school graduation, remember that you have just traded 12 years of your life for your diploma. Make it a profitable trade by assessing your skill set and readiness for college and the job market. Gain real-world work experience and acknowledge those who have helped you along the way. And always remember, if you could do it over again, what would you change?

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