I spent time talking with my relatives a while ago and for some reason, we were talking about employment. I didn't know how but my aunts and uncles started to give me advice that I should find a job as soon as today just for me to have some viable "work experience" in my applicant form in the future.
They also emphasized my need to get good grades because, according to one of them,
"No employer wants to hire a dumb-ass."
I kind of disagree with that honestly because your grades can't be accurate most of the time; lessons are forgotten and numbers don't really gauge your eligibility for a job vacancy.
For you, GAG, what matters more? Grades? Work experience?
I'm going to keep this poll as a future reference.
- GradesVote A
- Work experienceVote B
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I will say this once:
"Work experience, work experience and WHO you know." That is what I say. Yes, grades are important to upkeep for you to get a degree. But a 4-year degree these days are now the new high school diploma. Some look at grades but they mostly want somebody who knows somebody to vouch for your experience and success. Put it this way:
1. Grades get's you to your degree of choice.
2. Your degree of choice may get you a spot for most jobs, even if it's not in your field of study. But it's a roadmap to your working career. To get you that interview, but never is it guaranteed to get you in the door. You have to already be IN the door.
3. It's about WHO you know not just what you know. The world is competitive enough. Over 70% of people of the world have been trained in their field of study whether formally or informally. Some jobs are limited to who the want, not just who they need. Others will do it discriminatingly. And others are not fit for 9-5 jobs. Then you have people who are better fitted to create their own jobs through becoming an entrepreneur.
So it depends on what career path you choose, and having the right kind of people who support your career. Remember that business and professional references are very important besides internships.1