Like many of his fellow college seniors, Chris ‘Repman, Jr.’, Cody is stressing out big time about his grade
point average (GPA). Believing that a 3.75 rather than, say, a 3.4 will determine his future prospects, Chris is spending hour after hour at the library, pulling all-nighters and volunteering for extra-credit assignments.
To which I say, ‘chill.’ A GPA means almost nothing to a prospective employer and, to the best of my recollection, has never, ever come up in the course of an actual interview.
Employers, instead, look for relevant work-study experience. We also prize grads who, prior to the interview, take the time to study our firm and understand our value proposition. Last, but not least, we want friendly, outgoing people who will fit in with our culture.
If I were to grade the image and reputation of a GPA in the hiring process, I’d give it a 1.0.
Colleges and universities need to do a much better job of educating students about the irrelevance of grades to the workplace. And, I’d love to debate anyone who thinks differently.
As one of Rep, Jr’s UVM professors would say, ‘Questions? Comments? Issues?’