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Your low GPA will haunt you untill you DIE !!!

rjeastrjeast Posts: 1Registered User New Member
edited November 2010 in Engineering Majors
Hi All:

Just wanted to vent and give you some advice ! See, I am a Mechanical Engineer and graduated with a 2.3 GPA. So now I guess You are going to ask just like all the rest... Why so low????? Well, lets seeee..... It was in a difficult time in my life and was just trying to get through life. I even put myself through school. Oh yeah, doing that they say builds character ! Right????..... Companys will respect you for it (What a joke). Oh yeah, I've never been asked how LONG it took me to finish my degree either.

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, and Wrong again.
Putting myself through school got me nothing and after 15 years of working as a design engineer, I still get asked and "Rejected" due to my GPA after all this time. Have you any idea how humilating that is after so long. You know, for the first time in my life I am actually sick of all of it. All my dedication to hard and thorough work has won me nothing. How would you like to have your nose rubbed in one of your failures for the remainer of your life on earth ????

So guess what? Put yourself through school, leave your school with a low GPA and you may one day be bitter like me (that's a understatement).

I think the next time this happens to me I just might walk out of the interview. At least I can still have some self respect since I think it is more important than a job or food or money or anything.

Don't worry about your GPA. They never ask. What a lie!!!!!!!!
R East
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Replies to: Your low GPA will haunt you untill you DIE !!!

  • strengrstrengr Posts: 74Registered User Junior Member
    I am sincerely sorry to hear that, I only hope the best for you.
  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Posts: 2,852Registered User Senior Member
    Maybe it is a Mechanical Engineering thing. I graduated undergrad under a 3.0 GPA and have not been asked about my GPA since my 5th year of working. I am in my 20th year now.

    I don't even put the year of graduation on my resume for either my B.S. or M.S.

    Personally, I would not even consider an employer who still asks that. I don't know your financial situation but if you can...skip over those employers.
  • susgeeksusgeek Posts: 1,603Registered User Senior Member
    My BS degree was in comp sci, and no one asked for my GPA after my first employer.
  • ken285ken285 Posts: 3,882Registered User Senior Member
    How do you know it was because of your GPA? If I didn't get a job, they never told me it was due to x and y.

    Do you know anybody who would put in a good word for you with their current employer? Perhaps somebody who you've worked with in the past?

    They actually asked for your GPA in the interview? Not beforehand? If GPA is such a concern to them, they should have screened for that before offering an interview! That's just a waste of time for everyone involved if they value it so much.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Posts: 17,218Super Moderator Senior Member
    For some reason, the original post doesn't ring true to me.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,352Registered User Senior Member
    For some reason, the original post doesn't ring true to me.

    Seconded..
  • EnginoxEnginox Posts: 828Registered User Member
    Well, the rant (the OP's 1st post [!]) has a huge contradiction that no one picked up.

    "15 years working as design engineer"
    "still rejected due to my GPA" [?]

    "15 years working"
    "still rejected" [?]

    Sounds like this person was able to put food on the table. Success? But, hey, what do I know? I just have a high school diploma.
  • hadsedhadsed Posts: 738Registered User Member
    Go to grad school..?
  • LastThreeYearsLastThreeYears Posts: 480Registered User Member
    Your mechanical engineering 2.3 is still worth more than some certain majors with a 4.0.

    even if both of you end up washing dishes, you'll be a better dishwasher, just by virtue of your ME degree. best of luck to you.
  • strengrstrengr Posts: 74Registered User Junior Member
    I thought you could only graduate with an undergraduate degree with 2.5 or above, likewise 3.0 for graduate school.
  • norris212norris212 Posts: 456Registered User Member
    "I thought you could only graduate with an undergraduate degree with 2.5 or above, likewise 3.0 for graduate school."

    I think for you only need a 2.0 for undergrad
  • PurdueEEPurdueEE Posts: 705Registered User Member
    While I do not know their GPAs, I know of three people who have recently received job offers. They are all younger, not too far out of college, and these will be their second or third jobs. None of them listed their GPAs on their resume.
  • mregomrego Posts: 1,038Registered User Senior Member
    All too often on CC I read a post that says something like "they'll never ask about your GPA after your first job", etc. Naturally, every job application you'll ever fill out will have a space on it for GPA. Of course, not all GPAs are the same... a Cal Tech GPA should not be compared to U. Nebraska, etc. But try telling that to HR... you won't get the chance since you'll be screened out. So this will dog you for decades despite what you read on CC.
    However, the solution is indeed to go to grad school. Naturally it will be impossible to get into a great grad school, even with near perfect GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores. So you'll have to either go to a sub-par school, go for a certificate and use the GPA from those classes to get accepted or take classes initially on an adjunct enrollment basis (usually limited to 6 to 9 units that will count) to build up your GPA. Then get admitted to grad school for real. Then graduate and show off your GPA. Like building up a credit score, it can be a long process.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Posts: 17,218Super Moderator Senior Member
    I've never been asked for my GPA on an application.
  • aibarraibarr Posts: 4,248Registered User Senior Member
    I got a 2.99 in grad school.

    (I also got pneumonia, a dead kitten, a parental divorce, kidney stones, a long-distance relationship, an advisor who took a job at another school and left me without funding, a moldy office, a workspace in the hallway for six months, a dead grandmother, a department who occasionally forgot to pay me, a hit-and-run car accident, a broken elbow, blah blah blah... "I've never seen a thirty-mile radius gang up on a person before," said a colleague.)

    I've gotten about ten, fifteen offers since grad school. Only one potential employer asked me about my GPA--I hadn't included it on my resume. I told him what it was, he tried to press me for an explanation, and his superior actually shushed him. I got an offer, and it was the highest offer I've ever received... I'm not convinced that this guy's GPA was his only detractor... Maybe it was his sunny, optimistic demeanor that got him into trouble.
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