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    Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    created by Televiacom 67 days 9 hours 27 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Good morning everyone,

    Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary for the future ? I wondered about this question because I went to school with some smart people who are making great money and some not so much but they have graduated with high GPA. What do you think ? Have a wonderful day.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Hi Televiacom,

    I totally understand your question, and I know a lot of people who equate GPA with higher earning potential. The reality is though, that there is no guarantee of getting a high salary job at any GPA level. It is so much more important to be well rounded, personable, and accomplished, than it is to just have a high GPA. I know people who had 4.0's in college who struggled to get internships because they didn't have marketable skills or experience or weren't good at interviewing. On the flip side, I know people with below a 2.5 who had recruiters competing for them because they were personable and had demonstrated value as leaders in their extracurricular activities. I think having a high GPA might open a door or get you an interview - but it isn't going to necessarily land you a high paying job. The best thing that you can do is to work hard and get the best GPA that you can, but then focus on being better at interviews, or gaining real-world experience through extracurricular or internships. I have never been asked about my GPA in an interview, but they have always asked about my past job experience or internships. I hope that helps.

    Thanks for your time,

    Jordan

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Hi Emilie,

    Although good grades "get you in the door" (sometimes), I highly doubt that it would seal the deal. Employers tend to look for specific skill sets and experiences that a 4.0/5.0 GPA may not capture. Every company and industry treats your GPA differently. While some places a decent amount of emphasis on your grade point average, others merely focus on your work experience.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    It's just one component tot a whole bunch of other criteria that they look at.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    hi hi!

    I wonder too... Ok for example, two men have Bachelor degree in accounting. One has 4.0 GPA and other has 2.8 GPA. I mean they both hold the same degree so what's the difference? It doesn't mean that the man with a lower GPA is less smart. There could be a million reasons why his GPA is less. Maybe he was working too much, maybe he never had enough time for homework, maybe he had a baby at home, maybe his mother was dying or maybe he was just lazy. The point is - they both have the same degree. Do companies really check GPAs? I don't think it matters at all in my field (interior design).

    Talk later!
    Sammy

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Hi Emelie,

    In short, no. Not to say that it's not desirable. I pushed hard towards that in college and did not get it. But I am proud of my 3.4 GPA because I had a horrible first semester and to get to that point was amazing for me. In grad school I got a 3.8, which was awesome. But I knew that my GPA didn't mean anything beyond getting into grad school. Sure, it's nice to say you got a 4.0, but what did you actually do? Employers are more interested in what you've contributed, so I wouldn't worry too much about your GPA in terms of getting a job. I don't even include my GPAs on my resume.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Hello Emelie,

    Unfortunately today is completely different from the past. Good grades and a degree used to be required for a high paying job or a job in general. Though today you can just select a trade such as gardening without going to school period. Once you become great at gardening then people will hire you for your expertise rather than your grades. It is frustrating that you can work very hard for your grades and then not receive any credit from employers.

    -Art4Health

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary for the future ? I wondered about this question because I went to school with some smart people who are making great money and some not so much but they have graduated with high GPA. What do you think ? Have a wonderful day.

    Fascinating Question! I have no idea (still a student myself) but would love to know what everyone else thinks.

    Thanks for sharing your advice!

    Nate

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    What I have heard about GPA's is that as long as you meet the requirements for getting a job, you will probably get the job and you could work yourself up the chain and end up earning more money than someone who has a 5.0 GPA. I have learned that being smart in school does not mean that you will be smart in the world, whether it is with a job or if it is with financing, you have to have general knowledge to really succeed in the real world with money.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Hey,

    I do not know that a high GPA will automatically guarantee a person were a high paying job. Of course, having a high GPA and graduating with honors and such does look good on a resume. However, that alone does not guarantee a person a high salary and prestigious employment. I believe, that an education as well as experience is what gets a person a high-paying job. If a person is a doctoral recipient, with no experience, one is not likely to start out in a high position. However, if a person has the high GPA an extensive education along with field experience, they are likely to land a high paying and powerful position in the field.

    For instance, I work in law enforcement, more specifically forensics. Despite my high GPA, I am not an high-paying position. Simply because I am new to the field. However, once I spend a few more years gaining experience in dealing with processing crime scenes, and finishing my grad school education, it is likely that I will then land a high-paying position. Well, as high as it could go on a government job.

    – Joey

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    The connection between GPA and salary isn't especially strong. The college you went to and what you majored in have much more of an effect, and that's really the only reason that GPA matters for salary. That said, I think that there are a few correlations between the two.

    Children of high-earning parents are likely to become wealthy themselves. High-earning parents are able to afford advantages like good tutoring and a good college, and on top of this wealthy students are more able to prioritize studying since they don't have to work.

    A high GPA is a prerequisite for entering advanced education like medical school or business school. Both of these lead to significantly higher income.

    Students with high GPAs are intelligent and have strong work ethic, which is a major career advantage.

    Just a few thoughts. Remember that a job isn't a reward for doing well in school. You're given a job because you have the right skills to perform it correctly.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    This is a really interesting question and while I think that it definitely doesn't hurt to have a high GPA, it's not everything.

    A lot of components go into the decision making process when picking a job candidate and I think there are things that are definitely more important than GPA. For example, if you have a 4.0 at your school but the person you're competing with has a 3.0-3.5 from an institution that's ranked higher than yours the boss may pick your opponent strictly because they came from a better institution. This is obviously a very vague example because there's a lot more things that go into getting a job such as social skills, experience and even more depending on the job that you're going after.
    The best example that I can personally give is one that I see in my field all of the time. I'm a fine art major and I hear people saying all the time that this class is going to mess up their GPA and I can't stress enough how unimportant that is in the long run. In the fine art world at a college level A's are really hard to come by because whatever you're working in can never quite fully be understood, for example, if you're attempting to solve a math problem, when you get the correct answer, that's it, there's not much interpretation in it (except maybe in the math that's way WAY more sophisticated than I'm ready for) but in something like sculpture there's an infinite number of ways to understand, approach or create an idea so it's really up to the professor's interpretation on how well you displayed your idea and they're very rarely going to say you did it perfectly and typically the one or two A's just come to the people who displayed their ideas the best in the class. So, in art it's not about what grade you get, it's about the quality of the work. If I had a 2.0 at my school and the person I'm competing against had a 4.0 at their school but I had the better portfolio, then I'm the better job candidate.

    What I gather from this post is that a good GPA definitely isn't a bad thing and it can certainly help but if you do good work, try as had as you can you'll be successful in whatever you do.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Hey Emilie and all!

    A 4.0 gpa or higher does not guarantee your much of anything, other than making the Dean's List. It looks good on a resume', though. It shows that you are dedicated and go the extra mile for perfection in all that you do. Employers do pay attention to this and it goes to your credit in a complimentary way, but nothing is guaranteed by it. You could be a person who falls short in other important areas the employer is interested in and then there you are, being denied the job anyway!

    A good gpa does credit you, but nothing is promised in the employment world by it.

    Take care all!

    MaryJP

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Depends on degree. If you get a crap degree, like recreation , parks, and tourism, and make a 5.0, who cares? You're still going to make chump change. Same with teaching, they still earn barely a living. However, that high GPA is important if you're considering furthering your degree. Obviously, if you get your masters in teaching, then PhD, you can teach at the college level, etc.
    And, being that some of these programs limit how many folks they take, then high GPA, and high GREs, become important.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    I think it is a plus but it is not everything.
    Experience also matters. Also not everyone is book smart but are great on the job when actually performing real life tasks.
    Which I love because there is life outside of exams and testing.

    Re: Does 4 or 5.0 GPA guarantee a job or higher salary

    Hello,

    Like many people have said, a great GPA is basically the opening to your first "real" job. It gets your foot in the door for the job in your career field. After that first job, your GPA will no longer be needed. Adults don't are about GPA. They care about skill and work ethic. Once you prove yourself as capable at the first job, the GPA goes out the window. There's a popular saying, "C's get Degrees!!!" and it's absolutely true. Once you graduate, grades don't matter.