Career Tips for International Students

Myth #3 GPA is Everything (?)

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In this episode, I want to kill the myth that having a good GPA guarantees a job offer, and I’ll share some insights into what employers really look for.

As an international student, having a high GPA is an outstanding achievement, but it’s essential to understand that it’s not the only factor employers consider.

According to the most recent National Association of Colleges and Employers survey, the number of employers using GPA to screen candidates is declining

In 2019, around 73% of employers used to consider GPA as an important factor, but now only 46% of the employers who took part in the survey use GPA as a selection criterion.

GPA is just one of the factors employers consider while evaluating job candidates.

They feel that it provides an indication of the candidate’s level of dedication and ability to perform in a structured setting,

but it’s not the only thing that matters.

For entry-level positions, GPA can be an important consideration, but it’s definitely not the be-all and end-all.

The weight that employers give to GPA varies depending on the job and industry.

For instance, in fields like engineering or finance, a high GPA may hold more weight, while in areas like marketing or advertising, hands-on experience, and a strong portfolio may be more valuable.

Overall, many companies are now placing more emphasis on a candidate’s skills, experience, and potential than their GPA.

They look for candidates who have relevant work experience, a strong skill set, and a passion for their work.

In addition, many companies place a high value on candidates who have strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others.

They may consider a candidate’s extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and overall fit with their company culture.

They also consider problem-solving skills, adaptability, and communication skills, which are critical for success in any job.

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