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Posted 5/27/16 , edited 5/27/16
i've never been asked about my grades or gpa in any interview, but every job i've gotten is because i knew someone within the company.

so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

though i will say it's still not a good idea to do bad in school. Rather than grades "don't matter", it's more like don't stress out over getting the best grades. Do your best and learn what you can.
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Both play a part, though I do think connections are more significant. That said, grades are great for applying to various scholarships when applying to and during college. More scholarships will help reduce debt and ease the transition into the next stage in life.
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Very true. Do I need connections to be a doctor?
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I know GPA is important, but it also depends on the school and major. Anyway, I never got a job in the U.S, but I have one in Taiwan now because of connection. But really, is it not possible to find a job with a 2.4GPA? Who got a job here with that score or lower?
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Posted 5/27/16
Depends what you are trying to do. If you are looking to get a graduate degree your grades are very important. Some programs won't even consider you without the right grades.

Connections are important too, but it's not hard to make connections and get good grades. In fact getting good grades is a good way to make connections with other people who study hard and get good grades. And those people are probably better connections than you will find by chatting up the bros at frat parties.
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Posted 5/27/16 , edited 5/28/16

fredreload wrote:

I am ridiculously smart, grade just doesn't matter to me


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Posted 5/27/16 , edited 5/27/16
Well I heard doing research gives a boost to a chance of getting a job in the related field, too bad I never signed up for one either. Having an internship is a plus too, but how to get internship? High GPA

P.S. But anyway, if you invent something like Facebook or Crunchyroll , it's another story
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My university program had mandatory co-op built into the degree. So a regular four year major was a five year major where we alternated four months of classes with four months of co-op. I had a job secured about a year before I officially graduate based on my performance as a co-op student. I actually worked with one of the Vice Presidents on a project. On my last day he came up to me and offered me a job when I was done with school.

I think that proves that, yes, connections matter. Grades are not that important after school. You likely won't ever get asked for a transcript unless you are fresh out of school and applying for a highly competitive, technical position somewhere. And even then maybe not. Honestly, they care about experience, initiative, communication and any other number of soft skills. An employer can teach you a great deal of knowledge successfully, it's harder to teach the soft skills.

After you've secured that first job in your field and you decide to move around they will not ask for a transcript. They'll ask about your experience. A GPA of 2.0 or one of 4.0 won't matter a few years after you graduate and a GPA of 4.0 will never guarantee your success if you can't make connections and work with others.
Posted 5/27/16
If you don't have connections or experience grades matter a lot more, but as you gain more of the former the less they matter. Also universities don't keep your records until you die, it varies but they do eventually get removed.

https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/focus/daca-education-records.pdf
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Posted 5/28/16 , edited 5/28/16
very true grades are not important but only if you are passionate about not going for the money and pursuing your own goals. Each person takes a different road. I feel that grades are important if you want to have a more successful chance in going to a good school or putting yourself out there
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I think you need both. A lot of the times jobs won't even post all their job positions that are open. And some companies you can only get an interview with if you have a connection. Honestly, grades also don't matter much after you get your first job.
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It depends entirely on what the person who is hiring you values more. If they are truly interested in hiring people based on their ability to perform a job then their connections really shouldn't matter and their grades should only be considered as a way of determining how good they are at learning new concepts.

There are people out there who have lots of influential friends but are incompetent at their jobs. There are people who did extremely well in school but have terrible customer service and drive customers/clients away. Someone should not be hired solely because of their connections, but neither should they be hired based only only how well they did in school.
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It depends on what type of profession you are studying for. In my experience, connections mattered more than the grades(as long as I didn´t fail) because I studied to be a sound technician(designer, engineer etc etc). What really mattered there was getting to know people who wanted to hire you later on. I wouldn´t say that´s the case for every type of study, though. For instance, you will be fucked if you were studying medicine and just barely passed.

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Posted 5/28/16
Connections matter but there's plenty of time for those and you can make them at any point. Connections in college are going to be way more important than those in high school anyway and grades DO matter. Grades are what can get you scholarships and are the difference between a community college, junior college or an ivy league college. If your grades are high enough you might not even have to pay for too much of your college education. Grades are extremely important, maybe even more so than connections because you can always make new connections but you can't change a grade once you've earned it. Work hard at both that way you have less worries. Getting decent or good grades is not that hard. It just requires a bit of effort, self control and dedication. When I look back I think of how easy it would have been to at least pull an all B average if I had just tried my best. I sure didn't give even close to my best and it's been a pretty rough road. Make it as easy on yourself as possible and give yourself every advantage possible as you begin your journey.
Posted 5/28/16
Both it takes grades and degree also connections at least in my line of work.
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