As a soon-to-be graduate, I recently found out whether an employer asks for your GPA or not, the main highlight is your prior work experiences. This stems from the notion that students now are exposed to many activities in college as well as their internships. It was way easier to get a job based just on a good GPA than it is in current times.
Many of the companies that I have gone to in lieu of my current job hunt uses GPA to get a grasp on where the student stands in his/her academic career. When looking at a student’s GPA one can automatically assume something. This will include whether the student is dedicated to his/her studies and whether they are willing to ask for help when needed. That being said I have seen friends with a marginally average GPA getting hired and this proves that GPA is one of the smaller factors in the hiring process.
Speaking to a career counselor at one of the prestigious colleges in Kuala Lumpur, she said that she wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss one's GPA. She finds that many students often think about methods to improve their GPA’s but don’t necessary put it in their resume regardless of how good it is. Students are missing the connection between their GPA and employment. Although one's GPA isn’t everything, it is clearly part of a larger package of information that appeals to a company. Often times they are used to narrow its search for a suitable candidate for the specific positions.
So, what does GPA mean? I think it says more about a student than one would expect. Though as a student we see our GPA as the ultimate representation of missed classes, times we partied too hard and badly done assignments or how hard we have worked and prepared for exams. But employers sees it in a different light altogether. To them, your GPA defines how well you follow the rules to get things done. To them earning a good GPA means that the students have been diligent in sending in their assignments and attending classes as well as studying for their papers. It shows if you can follow the rules to succeed.
GPA is indicative of your skill set in some fields. If ones searching for jobs that require you to use physics and math as a Physics major, a low GPA may be a red flag for employers. But in most cases despite, one's GPA is rarely the deciding factor in employment. Employers want to see it but no one is implying that the number should define you. Other factors such as personality, ability to multitask and communication skills are more important. That being said, a good GPA will still help Employers learn a thing or two about you.
In the end, GPA isn’t all that important. If you have a good GPA you can use it as a resume booster. And if you don’t, fret not you can still rely on your skills and experiences to get employment.