The Career Doctor™

by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers? Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of your own, use the anonymous form below, and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here. Contact information is here.

GRADES VS. FUN IN COLLEGE
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Dear Career Doctor:

I am a computer information system student who transferred with an associate’s degree from a technical college in the same field. I have a 3.27 cumulative GPA. I have been struggling to find the motivation to keep my grades up. Right now, I am doing just enough to get by. This is my last year, and I have gotten really involved in a lot of on-campus leadership clubs. I have discovered that I am really motivated by these projects, but my motivation for school work is lacking. I am worried that when I graduate I will have a lower GPA, say something like 3.1. Will this affect my potential to land a job that will help pay off my student loans?

BPS

Dear BPS:

It sounds like you are enjoying campus life at your new school, something your technical college didn't provide. Anyone can understand that -- and I'm glad you're having a good time. I wouldn't be so positive if you're new activity was getting drunk at fraternity parties, but you say that you're in "leadership clubs" with motivating "projects." It sounds to me that these activities can enhance your resume.

Do employers look for students with high grades? Of course. But many companies also want students who display leadership ability, something that indicates that the person might be able to rise into the managerial ranks.

So try to study as hard as you can, but enjoy your extracurricular activities. Just be sure to go to your college placement office and ask their help to write a resume that highlights not just your technical knowledge, but your leadership activities too.

The Career Doctor

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The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.

Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.