Do grades or GPA really matter for engineering students? How much CGPA on average is good or required for a better job in future? These are different and mostly asked questions by engineering students about grades or CGPA. It goes a common saying during the college life that those getting higher GPA’s are deemed to get the best jobs right after graduation and with Steve Job’s statement of ‘Be nice to nerds, you might end up working for one’ adds more spark to the argument.
Study, study and just study is what everyone is told of during the whole tenure of engineering degree to the students. Many universities cut off their student’s social activities, intra university groups and sports, just for the fact that they do not deviate from the path they are supposed to adopt. Everyone tries to gain more GPA. There remains no doubt that studies remain an integral part of a student’s curriculum, with engineering being a filed requiring high level of observance and a purview requiring students to think out of the box for solution of complex problems. Education makes a person well versed with knowledge of subject, academics, formative effect of mind and physical ability of an individual.
However, Engineering clearly needs knowledge beyond the scope of books to a great extent, which a four-sided classroom may not be able to provide. While studying this domain, one has to have a horizon of how things happen to be in real world and simulation of the effect can be observed clearly with social activities happening around them. Education undoubtedly makes a person well versed with knowledge of subject, academics, formative effect of mind and physical ability of an individual.
But the question is: Does GPA really matter for engineering graduates? It depends on what you want to do in future after completing your engineering degree. Do you want to do a job or do you wish to continue education? It continues to be a common myth over the years that higher the GPA you get out of college, a higher salary job will be looking your way. The statement is clearly misleading and should not be made a rule of thumb under any circumstance whatsoever. A good GPA does come in as criteria for initial screening at interviews where the recruitment managers get a number of resume from where they need to choose student to avoid the entry of a slouch personnel but there a number of other factors that constitute to your selection. Even if you are not good at scoring high Grade Point Average, and consider yourself to be a practical person fully equipped with pragmatic skills and an attractive work/internship experience, you can knock down your opponent and overshadow his chance of clinching the gold. GPA does come into account with a large extent while an undergraduate student applies for high education. Due to the ample amount of applications that graduate universities receive throughout the year from around the globe, usually a GPA cut off is made and a threshold is marked as an entry criteria. Even that could be beaten with the conditions of extracurricular excellence being at the top notch level.
A large number of industries do not bother to look at a student’s GPA or even their transcripts if the candidate is able to clear their assessment skills test and screening interview. With that being said, it is prudent to note that your educational institute’s label does count into account if your GPA score is not high along with projects and coursework assignments. It must be noted down that regardless of the job market, securing a GPA and concentrating on studies should always be a top priority for every student irrespective of what field he chose to adopt. So in my opinion, GPA matters for engineers but not as much.