GPA importance

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I overhead a very disturbing conversation on campus on my way to lunch yesterday.

Boy A: GPA is overrated.
Boy B: How so?
Boy A: It’s not important unless you plan to go into grad school or academia.

They then turned into an academic building, I hope to attend class. My concern about the conversation isn’t so much that the students are incorrect, it’s that in the super competitive post-graduation job market, wouldn’t you want every advantage possible?

GPA matters in school, especially college. Too low and you could lose a scholarship  or possibly won’t get into the school  (journalism, education, business, etc.) you want. Even lower and you could be put on academic probation, or worse asked to leave.

Your GPA matters less in your professional life, but still has an impact. In 2005, according to a survey of the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported on Career Builder, 70 percent of hiring managers do report screening applicants based on their GPA, but the largest group say they use a 3.0 as their cutoff.

So, yes, in theory, your GPA doesn’t matter to some employers (a small 30 percent), but do you really want to gamble your job future on that? All other things being equal, an employer might pick the student with a higher GPA.

If you’re a recent or soon-to-be graduate, are you getting questions about your GPA? Professionals, how did you handle GPA questions, if at all?

2 thoughts on “GPA importance

  1. Completely agree with your comments about GPA and the supporting context. I pay close attention to GPA when hiring people for their first job after college, but not beyond that. HOWEVER, please consider that GPA is a measure of how well the student learns and is able to apply what they’ve learned in tests. As professionals, we are continuously applying what we have learned, and carrying lessons from that experience to the next one. I would argue that one of the most valuable parts of a degree is learning how to LEARN. An overly casual attitude toward learning during the college training time can haunt you for many many years.

    1. Becky,
      Great points! I agree that learning should be lifelong and the skills you acquire while learning and applying what you’ve learned are vital to a successful career.
      Thank you so much for sharing!

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