I did not have a stellar GPA when I graduated with as a Chemical Engineer. When I got hired for my first job, I asked why I was hired and was told it was on the following--
--My degree--My boss recognized that engineering is not easy and just graduating was an accomplishment.
--My school--I graduated from Georgia Tech, which is considered by some to be a great school.
--My co-op experience--I spent 3 years working for a company that provided me with an opportunity to learn about manufacturing.
My first boss was also wary of new engineers with amazing GPAs because he did not want to deal with attitude, so I think he was looking for someone who would fit well with his team more than he was looking at my GPA. When I hire employees to work for me, team fit is a critical element.
Katie recommends the following next steps:
- If your GPA is not great, make a list what makes you marketable--work experience, leadership skills, ways of working. You'll want to highlight these on your resume and in interviews.