(Closed) Bad college grades affects your working life?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s never been an issue for me but I have a friend who’s a current middle school teacher. It took her close to 6 years to get through college because she kept failing her science courses, she barely graduated from the school of education (think you needed at least a 3.0 but she did and she’s now a teacher.

Best advice I’ve been given for an interview: They want you to be the solution, go in there and show them you are it! Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrsgurzakovic:  I think it depends on what courses you got those grades in. I got a decent amount of Cs in Math and people are just impressed by the courses I was taking. They aren’t impressed by my As in art, but they do think my Bs in French are impressive.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Mrsgurzakovic:  What I would do is prepare for the possibility of them asking about your grades.  A simple response along the lines of you had to work full time or multiple part time jobs while going to school compromised your studies at times.  Most people can understand having to work while going to school.  The main thing is be prepared to answer about anything that could be perceived as a weakness in your background.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m a teacher. I had an assistant job last year. In the two states I’ve worked in, the principals never looked at my transcripts. The central offices needed a copy for my file but that was it. No one cared!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Ugh.  My GPA wasn’t that good, but I came out with two degrees.  I try to play that up over the GPA (which I leave off of my resume).  I had some issues that I needed to work throug, and we all know that issues don’t make for good GPAs.  

I think the disdain I heard from so many recruiters has stuck so deep that even though I’ve been able to find contract jobs here and there, I don’t feel confident in doing anything.  It’s crappy.  The place I’m working for now, the recruiter at a college fair was SO. rude, enough that I’d figured I’d NEVER work there.  Ever.  I don’t think I even bothered applying to any of their jobs.

Then people talk to me like I’m awesome, and I’m like “uh, who are you talking to?  Clearly it can’t be me…”

My goal is to have enough starter jobs to prove myself, and go from there.  It seems like “back in the day”, it was a lot easier to make something of yourself even if you were not at the top of the list.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My job won’t hire anyone with a GPA of lower than 3.0 – and on the rare occasion that they do, they start with a lower salary.  They don’t ask individual grades though, just overall.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@morkiemama:  My DH’s company is the same way.  If you are below a 3.0, they won’t consider you.  But they also don’t make any differentiation between someone with a 3.01 or a 4.00.  So long as you meet the cutoff, they no longer care about grades.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think it really depends on what field you’re in. I’m a nurse and none of the places I interviewed or applied for asked to see my transcript, which is very common in nursing. As long as you pass your boards after graduation, they don’t seem to care. On the other hand, I know teachers basically have to have a 4.0 to get a job because it’s such a competitive market.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m going to agree with PP – Depends on what job you’re going for. I had a great GPA and assumed it would help me out in getting a better job, but all I was asked for at most places was proof of my degree. Disappointing a bit! 😛

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Just out of curiousity, what fields DO require a minimum GPA? I’ve job-searched twice and applied for literally hundreds of jobs since I graduated from college and I can only remember two times that I was asked for my GPA and both times I got the job/assignment even though my GPA is crap. I’m in non-profits/international developement. I keep seeing on job search blogs how extremely important GPA is and I wonder what fields they are talking about here?

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