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UNI GRAD REGRETS STUDYING SO HARD FOR DEGREE – EMPLOYERS DON’T CARE ABOUT GPA”

One thing I regret was studying too much during my Uni days.

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As a working adult in a managerial position, it really irks me that I’m usually the ONLY person in the interview panel who actually cares about what the applicant’s GPA is. I’m talking about entry-level hires by the way, not mid-career hires. Obviously nobody cares what your GPA is once you are applying for mid career positions but I would have thought GPA would be a significant factor in entry level roles.

I’ve noticed that the rest of the interviewers usually don’t pay much attention to the candidate’s GPA. For me, I always found that good grades reflect important qualities such as discipline, diligence, responsibility, capability and to an extent, intelligence. All important qualities needed to succeed in the work place.

But I feel like I’m in the minority as everyone else usually just takes a passing glance at the candidate’s GPA, and generally pay more attention to internship experience, attitude and vibe.

Call me old fashioned but internship experience is normally negligible (how much can you possibly learn in a few months) and attitude and vibe are very superficial qualities that anyone can easily fake during an interview. But you can’t fake a good GPA.

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So unless you are gunning for a high level position like IB where GPA is a requirement, the rest of you just pass and get degree can already.

I see so many of you here stressing over your GPA but trust me, it’s like NS like that.

When you are in NS, doing well and getting into command school can feel like the most important thing in the world. It’s only when you ORD that you realise nobody gives a shit about what you did during NS.

Same for GPA. It will feel like the most important thing in Uni but in the working world for MOST jobs, it really doesn’t matter as long as you pass and graduate.

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