Ching Ting N.

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Does GPA really matter in the job market?

I often feel stressed out and anxious over midterms and papers because I am afraid of getting bad grades. However, it takes so much of my time to do my school work that I even feel that doing exercise, cooking healthy meals, doing chores or meeting my friends are all a waste of time. Is GPA really so important, especially for future job search? How could I become less perfectionistic and take better care of myself when school work becomes overwhelming? #career #career-counseling #time-management #college-advice #academic-advising #career-advice #personal-development

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Yes, it matters. It isn't the only thing that matters, but it matters. Think of it from the point of view of and employers: you have two equally qualified candidates. One has a 2.8 GPA, the other has a 3.4. Which would you rather hire? GPA is not a measure of smarts. GPA "tells" you how hard someone work in school, thus giving you a supposed idea of how hard they will work for you. It matters.

Last updated Mar 08 '17 at 09:31

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Hi Ching Ting!

GPA is important. As you progress in life and in your career, your will always be monitored, and your performance level will determine much about your future. Employers and colleges have little to go on as a way of evaluating your level of performance and commitment and dedication to your task, so GPA, as it is about the only thing that they have upon which to evaluate you, becomes very important.

If you are having problems with getting good grades here are some tips: - find out if you might be studying for a career that is not suited to your personality, interests, and aptitudes by taking these exercises as a way of determining the fit of your major. You also might want to talk to a career counselor at your school to help to determine proper fit. Here is a link that will be helpful https://www.themuse.com/advice/14-free-personality-tests-thatll-help-you-figure-yourself-out - if you find out that the career/major is a fit, then go to your academic adviser and/or your school's counseling center to see if you need some help in developing a better way of studying that might allow you to get better grades - when you have determined a proper career area, contact the head of alumni relations at your school to talk to graduates of your school in your major area who have taken the same courses and see if they have any suggestions on how you might be able to get better grades.

Here are some good ways to get some helpful information and develop valuable relationships: http://www.wikihow.com/Network https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1

Sometimes it helps to have more of a balance in life while in college, here are some helpful tips: https://www.unigo.com/in-college/college-experience/creating-a-workschool-balance-a-college-student-perspective http://www.mycollegesuccessstory.com/academic-success-tools/college-life-balance.html http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/000241/

Let me know if and how this might help. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.

Last updated Mar 08 '17 at 08:49

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Yes, it matters but there are other factors to consider. How good are your critical thinking and problem solving skills?? How well do you do in a team? Can you take the initiative on a project? These are important as well.

Last updated May 04 '17 at 22:01

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I completely agree with Luis. It is a very important metric that employers use to separate different potential candidates, but it is not the only factor. I think what also matters in conjunction with the GPA is the associated major. At least at UC Berkeley, some majors are considered harder to get a higher GPA in (i.e. Engineering, Computer Science) and a lot of employers know this and take this into consideration.

Last updated Apr 13 '17 at 11:45

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