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    Since the only other forum I am a member of is full of well people my age (20’s) and this one is well older I was curious how much does a GPA mean when it comes down to getting a decent job? As for right now I have a 4.0 GPA and have had it for almost have a year. Though with current work I’m busting ass 18-20 hours a day most of it at work and slipping a bit with grades that now my GPA is like 3.89. So am I being anal (enter laugh and goatse joke) about grades or does this shit really matter?

    And does a prior conviction for rapping a dead chicken look worse?

    #23902
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    I’d start with saying depends on the type of job you are planning to persue, and/or what field. There are many jobs where your GPA will come into play, however there are jobs (even fantastic ones) where any degree will do, and others still where no degree is as relevant as experience (if being hired within the field’s peers, not some HR type). Any of these can be valuable given the right conditions, but you have a head start with a high GPA, particularly cracking the job market because that encompasses the whole of your experience. You have experience at busting your ass and succeeding… that’s really what it will tell people. So, if you are entering the business world, on a business management type track, your dropped average may not hurt you in the least, but your prior average would almost certainly help you to stand out from others seeking the same position, or those willing to sleep their way to the top like I would. I have no degree, only experience to speak for my abilities… that and a demonstration video I’ve got right here for you. Could you lock the door please? I’ve never really done this for a job before.

    #23904
    rob
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    You are what we would, in my circles, call a “nerd”. One that has such high grades is definitely on the fast track to “nerdiness” or “uncoolness”. Now, I have never attributed my success to anything other than good looks and a hot ass, as many on this board can validate. My advice is to party a bit more to get that GPA down to about a 3.1 — that says “hey, I do care a bit about my grades, but I love to party”. You ask anyone that works in a high-level job — they can drink you under the table and then berate you for “knowing too much shit” or “doing your work properly” or “actually working when you’re at work”. Haven’t you seen Office Space? Those that party and don’t give a shit are usually the ones you end up answering to. Do you think that any of my bosses actually know what’s going on? I mean, like…no. They don’t. They come in late, they go home early. That’s how it works.

    I’m sorry. That was incredibly sarcastic and somewhat mean. You’re not a nerd. You’re one of us. From my experience, those with incredibly dumb ideas and loud laughs can go far, and it seems to have nothing to with GPA. So don’t worry too much, mang.

    #23906

    @rob 40799 wrote:

    You are what we would, in my circles, call a “nerd”. One that has such high grades is definitely on the fast track to “nerdiness” or “uncoolness”. Now, I have never attributed my success to anything other than good looks and a hot ass, as many on this board can validate. My advice is to party a bit more to get that GPA down to about a 3.1 — that says “hey, I do care a bit about my grades, but I love to party”. You ask anyone that works in a high-level job — they can drink you under the table and then berate you for “knowing too much shit” or “doing your work properly” or “actually working when you’re at work”. Haven’t you seen Office Space? Those that party and don’t give a shit are usually the ones you end up answering to. Do you think that any of my bosses actually know what’s going on? I mean, like…no. They don’t. They come in late, they go home early. That’s how it works.

    I’m sorry. That was incredibly sarcastic and somewhat mean. You’re not a nerd. You’re one of us. From my experience, those with incredibly dumb ideas and loud laughs can go far, and it seems to have nothing to with GPA. So don’t worry too much, mang.

    That was gold! As for drinking, Sir I would give them a run for their money! I can do a fifth of whiskey or Vodka in one sitting of three hours and still walk a straight line!

    Cap:

    *Locks doors* 😉

    And its graphic design I’m going for. I would preferably would like to work in the porn industry or the music industry.

    #23903
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    Ah, then your grades are going to make almost no difference at all unless you are fighting for a job outside of your typical qualifications. This industry is almost 100% experience driven, and networking. Take your lower threes (GPA), and throw the extra effort at a strong portfolio, and some real-world experience. It will take you far.

    As far as the industries of choice… looking at naked chicks and designing is a let down in some ways. You find yourself ignoring the content to get the design done, and you don’t get to show your work to 75% of the population. I’ve only ever accomplished one large project in this area, but I like naked chix and have used them in my designs before… the effect is still the same. Even people that you know are comfortable with porn don’t want to see that aspect of your portfolio. Near Music can be good, but unless you are going freelance and have an in, be prepared to hit the world of traditional agency, as that is the source for most of the materials injected into that world. So sure, you’ll get a micro-site related to a band, but you’ll also get credit card programs, women’s makeup and who knows what else. Finding an in at an agency that specializes where you want to will help, but in this climate that’s a scary basket to put all of your eggs into.

    I’ve spent time at a few different agencies, and the ones that get the huge programs typically have teams committed to a given brand… so that helps if the account you are hired for is in your area of interest, or at least close to it. On the other hand, the best paying gig I’ve had to this point (not in the Creative Director role) was at Mary Kay, and the design there was BORING! I spent most of my time doing production art, and UI work. Bleh.

    #23905
    Bing
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    Yes um…to Bryan you listen

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