I had a great lunch today with one of my longtime colleagues. We had a great conversation about what employers are looking for today. One of the great stories he had to share with me was about the attitude and attendance that employers are looking for.
In his years of teaching, he has only had one employer come to his classes and mention GPA as one of the deciding factors; in fact, this particular employer told him that he wasn’t going to hire anyone with a GPA over 3.0! This employer stated that anyone with over a 3.0 GPA should be spending time doing research and not working.
Two recurring themes came up in our lunch today – the importance of attitude and attendance (and not necessarily in that order, as he pointed out). A great attitude combined with being present, whether it be in a classroom or a work setting, can far outweigh a GPA, no matter how good (or bad) it may appear to be.