By Morgan Cannata
Whether GPA or professional experience matters more on a resume is widely debated. Professors, professionals and parents all have different opinions, cautioning students of what not to do.
Journalism students always include clips with a resume, so professional experience is a must. With my pre-professional workshop class starting today, resume critiques have been on my mind.
Journalism students write the craft they will professionally create and are graded on it. Do entrepreneurs have to create their own business while still in college or architects create buildings?
The article, Does Your GPA Really Matter featured on the Career Builders website stresses “maintaining a high GPA is crucial to those who dream of attending top graduate schools like Harvard, Yale or Stanford.”
It also states 70 percent of employers screen applicants with their GPA and a deal breaker is below a 3.0.
The New York Times article, Those Low Grades in College May Haunt Your Job Search reveals Johnny C. Taylor Jr., senior vice president of human resources for the IAC/Interactive Corp believes G.P.A. is everything.
Taylor said “he has found that a young applicant’s G.P.A. is the best single predictor of job performance in the first few years of employment” because it shows who can problem solve and has a strong work ethic.
In the same article, Trudy Steinfeld, executive director of the Wasserman Center for Career Development at New York University said while GPA is important and can reveal who is a better student, being a successful employee requires leadership and communication skills.
Steinfeld stated, “After a few years, nobody even cares about G.P.A.”
I’d say rather than stressing about getting straight A’s relax enough to allow yourself to get professional experience unless you plan on attending an ivy league after graduation.