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
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?
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.