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 Post subject: Does College GPA matter to employees?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:12 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:08 pm 
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Employees? Only the ones that are narcissists and want to show how intelligent they are and look down on others...

In all my jobs, GPA has never come up among coworkers.

On the other hand, employeRs are a different matter. In those cases, it really depends on the job/HR person. Some are more anal than others in the job requirements (they're going through a checklist). If the job request doesn't list a GPA as a requirement, all they're checking is that you have a degree. If you have no work experience, it's good to list a GPA if you have one, otherwise, it can be a liability (if you are lieing).

Some companies do a background check (or it may be checked at some later point). If you say you have a BS in Computer Science with a 3.9 GPA, and you actually had a 3.0 (or a 3.8), you are screwed since you gave the info and it didn't match. If you just say you had a BS in Computer Science, you are fine.

One caveat, if you are going for some high demand, low supply job, that needs a certain amount of intelligence, and you have a good GPA, it may be wise to include because you are trying to differentiate yourself from the crowd. I've never run into it as an issue though.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:35 am 
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What kind of job are we talking about here?

I think if you're getting into a blue-collar type job, it wouldn't matter as much. If you're going into the IT field, your GPA would only be important if the only thing you have is your degree. If you've got some experience, the degree, and a cert or two, your GPA probably won't be very important.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:37 pm 
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that Linux guy wrote:
What kind of job are we talking about here?

I think if you're getting into a blue-collar type job, it wouldn't matter as much. If you're going into the IT field, your GPA would only be important if the only thing you have is your degree. If you've got some experience, the degree, and a cert or two, your GPA probably won't be very important.


Like working for a bank or a medium size business.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:40 am 
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xxmainframexpxx wrote:
that Linux guy wrote:
What kind of job are we talking about here?

I think if you're getting into a blue-collar type job, it wouldn't matter as much. If you're going into the IT field, your GPA would only be important if the only thing you have is your degree. If you've got some experience, the degree, and a cert or two, your GPA probably won't be very important.


Like working for a bank or a medium size business.


Can I assume we're talking about an IT position, or just a general pencil pusher?


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xxmainframexpxx wrote:
that Linux guy wrote:
What kind of job are we talking about here?

I think if you're getting into a blue-collar type job, it wouldn't matter as much. If you're going into the IT field, your GPA would only be important if the only thing you have is your degree. If you've got some experience, the degree, and a cert or two, your GPA probably won't be very important.


Like working for a bank or a medium size business.


If you are a janitor or bank teller, no.

If you are an IT professional or a financial analyst or some position where your education actually matters, your GPA might have an impact on your hiring. This is most likely if your grades are exceptional ... or if someone with whom you are competing for the position has exceptional grades.

Work experience generally counts for much more, though. I know I'd rather hire someone with decent grades who worked through school than someone with an A average who hasn't any experience in the work force. But not everyone shares my views.


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If I were an employer it would certainly matter to me. If a person spends tens of thousands of dollars every year to go to college and still cant be bothered to put forth the effort to get good grades, then that tells me a lot about their personality and what their job performance is going to be like.


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Here is what the career center at my college advises:

GPA >= 3.0, list the GPA
GPA <= 2.9, don't list unless requested


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