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gz390
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what is true is that in many situations a high GPA will actually hurt your chances and make you overqualified for a job. grad school should be the only option for people who have great GPAs

2/28/2014 8:42:24 PM

OmarBadu
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^ that is 99.999999% never true

3/1/2014 3:22:08 PM

CaelNCSU
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^^

That gets the most full of shit comment award for... ever...

3/2/2014 2:42:33 PM

gz390
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how's it never true? employers do not value candidates with strong GPAs (only grad schools do). They rather higher someone who has a mediocore GPA because they are more likely to stay in the position rather than using it as a stepping stone

3/2/2014 4:26:23 PM

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What I said on the last page:

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"Yes, convince your employers that you have no other options besides them. They'll surely compensate you well for doing that."


You're basically saying all companies only ever hire C players. At the same time you're saying those high GPA kids will leave one company for another. But how can they if a GPA is so repulsive? A bunch of nonsense I think.

3/2/2014 4:39:54 PM

gz390
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Im talking about entry level jobs though. Companies will prefer to higher people with mediocre GPAs over someone with a high GPA any day assuming they have the same experiences. But once you have enough work experience the GPA and your school attended dont really matter anymore and its just a check box

3/2/2014 5:46:31 PM

Genki
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"higher people"? You mean "hire"?

3/2/2014 9:14:04 PM

qntmfred
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i also had a sub-3.0 GPA coming out of college and now i'm a fucking boss so there's another data point for y'all

[Edited on March 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM. Reason : i did have a 4.5+ GPA in high school though, so i still keep that on my resume ]

3/2/2014 10:36:22 PM

David0603
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"that is 99.999999% never true

That gets the most full of shit comment award for... ever..."

3/3/2014 9:37:07 AM

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"how's it never true? employers do not value candidates with strong GPAs (only grad schools do). They rather higher someone who has a mediocore GPA because they are more likely to stay in the position rather than using it as a stepping stone"


So what you are saying is if you end up with a 4.0 you won't be able to underachieve and get a mediocre entry level job? I mean, maybe during a time like 2008 when the economy was in the shitter and everyone was implementing hiring freezes but in a normal situation a higher GPA is going to be more helpful than not. It might not be necessary but it sure as hell won't hurt.

3/3/2014 9:37:41 AM

BlackJesus
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GPA lol

3/3/2014 11:54:32 AM

gz390
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Well yes I am saying a higher GPA is dangerous, if they have a choice employers will pick the person with the lower GPA every time as long as other credentials are equal. Employers know higher GPAs are harder to satisfy and have more options such as grad school, etc. The thing is companies can't risk highering people who are just going to work for a few months and then go off to grad school or another position, they want someone who will be around for while. A high GPA signals to them they aren't as likely to stay in the position as long.

3/3/2014 1:24:08 PM

David0603
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Jesus, this is all sorts of wrong and assuming your profile age of 23 is correct I'm not surprised given the fact you probably have about 5 minutes worth of real world experience. First off, I had a high GPA and had no intention of going to grad school directly after graduation. Furthermore, I rarely see people jump ship after a few months. The people who do jump ship to better and/or higher paying jobs are the ones who are really good at what they do. No one is going to make negative assumptions about a high GPA because after your first job no one gives a damn about GPA. You want to compare SAT scored while we're at it? And for fuck's sake learn the difference between higher and hire.

3/3/2014 1:47:08 PM

BlackJesus
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GPA lol

If you knew my gpa and some of my friends gpa's, and where we work. You'd know GPA means jack shit.

3/3/2014 5:26:22 PM

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Hell, my career ended up not having much at all to do with my degree. Actually, I hated the field in college but then in the real world the computer does all the stuff for you which took the hate out of it. Professors (at least when I was in college) wanted us to do it the old old old way (by hand).

[Edited on March 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM. Reason : w]

3/8/2014 4:34:32 PM

Apocalypse
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You know it's more important how you create and develop relationships with people around you. Sometimes when you're drifting and you let your friends know, they can offer to help pull some strings where you might need help.

Don't expect or demand more than that though. When a company wants you, they go after you and that means showing what you're capable of... as opposed to leveraging relationships and then expecting the moon like some people I've known.

3/11/2014 11:15:17 AM

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I had a crappy GPA...I had a B average in HS, but college I was just below the 2.5 mark. I didn't really put much thought into the gpa part, just the fact I got the diploma...but a lot of companies will not hire you for their employment programs such as Cisco, or Fidelity.

Get experience at a smaller company and move over sure...but you gotta be creative on your path to where you want to go.

[Edited on March 16, 2014 at 9:13 AM. Reason : n]

3/16/2014 9:12:20 AM

sag1804
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Had lower than a 2.7 in undergrad and got any job I wanted. Got laid off my job and started graduate school this year and have a freaking 3.77 and you can guarandamntee ill let them know, even though to be honest...GPA DOESN'T MATTER!

7/30/2014 12:32:49 AM

BlackSheep
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As a hiring manager, GPA only matters to me if you have no other experience what so ever.

If you aren't doing so good in school, try to find a side gig and practice the skill you are planning to do when you graduate. This is much easier if you are planning to go into IT or some other job that college really doesn't prepare you for.

8/6/2014 5:11:18 PM

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Trust me, experience in the industry has taught me that GPA doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. It could matter in very very few cases but the vast majority of the time it means nothing. I have never been asked about it and I got a very good job.

8/7/2014 10:59:44 PM

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i don't think i've ever been asked what my GPA was. maybe i was asked for my first job and just don't remember, but I don't even think I was then.

8/13/2014 2:34:18 PM

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"^This is probably the dumbest thing I ever read. Homework is not busy work"

I would like to clarify what I said, homework is a means for retards people who are learning material to practice until they understand.

Sorry if you guys had to wait over a year for that clarification.

I'm Krallum and I approved this message.

8/15/2014 9:59:08 AM

gz390
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The farther you get from graduating and the more experience you have the less your GPA matters.. my advice is that if you value GPA then grad or professional school should be the only option, b/c what person that has a great GPA would want to work somewhere that doesn't care about GPA

8/18/2014 5:08:51 PM

Krallum
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I think that most places recognize that you can't base someone's ability to be successful in the real world on a single number that applies to every human being that has ever gone to college.

I'm Krallum and I approved this message.

8/19/2014 12:35:13 PM

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