“I got straight A’s! Gimme the job!” Don’t say this unless you want to be laughed out of the interview. One day (or perhaps even right now) you will have your own company or you will be hired at another company because of the desire to make money. High grades alone prove nothing of your ability to be successful. They give a hint that you can be successful. After all, you are due some credit. Getting good grades takes effort. But by no means are good grades enough to land a good job.
Are good grades enough?
People tell you good grades are important. But they will quickly change their tune when you ask to be paid well because of them.
While it is commendable to score good grades, grades alone will not get you far in life. A high GPA will likely get you into your college of choice and some employers may request to see your transcripts. Getting good grades proves you are smart and have a quality work-ethic. High grades show you have a high likelihood or being able to make money and in turn make something of yourself.
It has been my experience that good grades are a good foundation to a quality life. No study can argue that. But I think of grades as being like the foundation of a house. A foundation is necessary to build a quality house but at the end of the day, you cannot live in a foundation alone. A foundation alone does not get you your desired results. You must build upon that foundation in order to build a proper house.
When I was job searching I researched how to create the perfect resume. My biggest question was, “Should I put my GPA on it?” My GPA equaled an ‘A’ average so it was good but did anyone even care? Would it just take up space where I could include more leadership experience? On most of the resumes I sent out I left it off. You know how many people inquired about my GPA? One. One person! One person out of the approximately 75 people, who looked to hire me, cared to ask. Keep in mind the jobs I was applying for were largely well-paying jobs in the world of finance. And he only asked over a relaxed lunch interview. He may as well been asking me if I had seen the latest ‘Fast and Furious.’ And yes, this may be frustrating if you’re like me and had good grades but it’s the reality.
So should you put your GPA on your resume? Either way, it doesn’t really matter. I found it took up room where I could list more practical experience.
Sadly, many young people fall on their faces upon graduation because the world after graduation is so much different than the regimented world they are used to. Envisioning yourself in a post-graduation life is a scary thought! I mean think about it… after undergrad you will have been in school for 16 years. This is counting kindergarten and graduating college in three years. All of a sudden basically the only way of life you have known is finished. This is why we need to prepare for the next chapter.
Now that we are all on the same page, what else should a person focus on besides grades? Before looking for a post-college full-time job, I asked this question to at least a dozen recruiters. They told me that while in college I should focus on internships, leading (not just being a member), and networking. Excel in these three areas and finding a job after college will be all too easy.
Let’s Talk Money and Grades
To throw a few numbers into this post, consider if you currently have a 85.5% in your class. On many GPA scales this is considered an ‘A’. How many hours of studying will you have to complete in order to achieve an ‘A+’ at 96.5%? 15 hours? 20 hours? 60 hours? What else could you do in that amount of time? Perhaps your time is better spent focusing on internships, leading organizations, networking, and earning the almighty dollar. Your time is your most valuable asset. How will it be spent best?
This post is fantastic because I hope it has opened your eyes to what else you can do with your life besides studying! Hopefully you see now you can volunteer, take internships, and lead organizations without being guilty about not studying instead.
You Don’t Have to Take My Word for It
In an interview of James Franco he spoke about getting a ‘D’ in a film class he took at New York University. He said, “I didn’t even know what my grades were at NYU because grades don’t matter. What matters are the films that you make. Anybody coming out of film school is not going to go to Sony or Warner Brothers and saying, “Hey I got an ‘A’ in acting class, give me a job. They are going to say show me the work you did and then hire you based on that. So I did not care one bit…”
Billionaire Elon Musk was quoted in his authorized biography that he only did just as well as necessary in most classes so that we wouldn’t fail. The way he saw it was that if something wasn’t important, why should he try to get an ‘A’? In the classes that did matter to him, he passed with flying colors. He simply chose to point his energy and the more important pursuits.
Is higher education important?
On a college campus, it seems like if you want to do well in the world, the more education, the better. However, if this were so, the most successful people of our time would all have advanced degrees. This is rarely the case. Elon Musk has further said that if you want to change humanity for the better, a PhD is rarely needed. As you may realize by now, despite doing well in school (overall) Elon is not a huge fan of classrooms. He says it’s better to read a book than attend a lecture simply because the information intake can be much faster when reading a book than listening to a professor.
So you want to be rich?
If you want to be rich – don’t focus on grades so much. Focus on bettering humanity. Though the catch is that in order to better humanity, it is worth learning quite a few things in school. Plus, if you’re willing to work hard enough to become rich, you’ll likely get rich early in life. Thus, spending a few years in college will be but a blip on the radar.
To learn how you can get an education online or if one is even worth it at all, check out these articles.
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