I'm 33, work at a company comparable to Apple or Google, management level, and make well into six figures.This year, I told myself that I would fix everything that I've done wrong in my life. One major thing that I need to do is graduate college, have that degree with my name on it. I want to show the world that Computer Science is indeed for me, and I CAN have a career in that field. I was struggling with college a lot, but I'm getting things turned around and getting my life together. My GPA by the time I graduate college will be around a 2.8. No lower than that for sure. Pretty decent GPA, nothing amazing though.
I was wondering, will this GPA screw me out of getting work? I do have internship experience as well. And I'm aware that you just need to get one job: after that you can erase your GPA off your resume forever.
I found this quote on College Confidential while I was doing some research:
I posted this a long time ago, I'll post it again:
To the extent that finding a job is a function of GPA (and it is a function of much, much more), for schools ranked roughly in the 10-50 range:
3.50+: Can work anywhere, and will be actively pursued for the best jobs out there
3.20-3.49: Can work anywhere, but will need to work to get the best jobs
3.00-3.19: Can work anywhere, but will generally be shut out of the best jobs
2.80-2.99: Will struggle to find work at large companies, can generally find work at smaller employers
2.50-2.79: Will struggle to find professional work, and such work will generally be low-paying and/or unpleasant, with limited prospects for advancement
2.00-2.49: Probably will not find professional employment in engineering
So the ideal strat for me would to be to work at a smaller programming company, erase my GPA, become a wizard programmer, keep paying off my debts, and then work my way into whatever companies I desire from there.
Have any of you all found this to be true? Just wanted to get some more opinions from the guys around here.
When I graduated, my GPA was 2.28 and was a top 100 school, not an IVY or even top 50.
I was in a similar situation as you when i graduated 10 years ago during "The Great Recession". I wanted to go into investment banking being a business major but you realize they only hire the best. 3.5 GPA and above pretty much and if you're lucky, then 3.2 to 3.5 gpa.
Then i decided maybe I can just work at one of the big banks not in the investment banking department and then hustle my way in. Then i realized they don't even take anyone below 3.0 gpa. Then I started looking at other companies with reputable names and they all had GPA requirements or good schools, etc.
The above that you posted seems to be true. Highly unlikely you'll break into where you want to go short term but long term, anything is possible. Hustling and becoming a good programmer will probably take a while but it can definitely help. It's just hard to get recognized in the corporate world no matter how good you are. You also need to be good at playing the game. For me, I was always a top performer and i would get promoted and raises but never enough to get to where I wanted to go. I left corporate and went into a risky field and performed miracles for the startup. We got sold and all the competition came to try and poach me for what I did. That was way faster than trying to climb the corporate ladder.