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How much does your college GPA matter? I spent countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars for my 4.0?

Except for very specialized professions it seems employers don't care as much as they should. Don't they want the best educated employee and worry about training them specifically for the job as they go?

Asked By: Person - 7/10/2010
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They do care, but differently than you do. From the HR perspective... More
Answered By: CoachT - 7/13/2010
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If your applying for med school, law school, grad school or engineering or a handful of other positions - it'll likely be pretty important... More
Answered By: Lindsey - 7/10/2010
 
In general it doesn't matter. Hiring managers are looking for people with degrees in a specific area and that's about it. Unless you went to a very prestigious school then that 4.0 is not very significant. Sorry.
Answered By: dbs shot - 7/10/2010
 
It doesn't really matter that you have a 4.0. Once you graduate from college, you realize that grades aren't everything. Employers want people who have common sense and can do the job they were hired for. Employers almost never hire a person and then train them. They expect the person to know what they are doing or... More
Answered By: George B - 7/10/2010
 
As long as your GPA is reasonably good, it doesn't usually matter very much. Sorry... More
Answered By: bookkeepchick - 7/10/2010
 
Depends on the job really. I work in IT/web, and personally, I'd sooner hire someone with practical tech skills over someone who was good at taking tests in college. The two don't always go hand in hand. One of my best programmers actually dropped out of college.
Answered By: raina_vissora - 7/11/2010
 
It depends on the job. For instance, 4.0 in a major such as psychology is not much help in the business world. Employers would prefer someone with a lower GPA and more relevant training. Also, there is more to being an employee than being smart. Employers look for someone who will fit into their specific company... More
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Answered By: Donald B - 7/11/2010
 
Your GPA matters, but a 4.0 isn't a requirement for any job, graduate school or professional school (medical, law, business, etc). Employers generally don't care about GPA, unless it is something significantly terrible. A 4.0 graduate pretty much has all the same employment opportunities as a 3.0 graduate. Why you may... More
Answered By: Arbitrary Person - 7/11/2010
 
what a great question and interesting answers., I would like to add that according to my study in Macroeconomics, an American education is of low quality anymore also we are producing less scientists and mathematicians... More
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Answered By: oH, kNoW - 7/11/2010
 
Honestly, I was so surprised when I graduated with a BSc and started going to interviews that I wasn't even once asked my GPA. I think employers understand that being good on tests and coursework doesn't necessarily translate into being a productive and progressive worker who will be the best fit for the position.
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