School kids who perform best in their Math or Science or have IQs which are above average are likely to be accelerated or will skip a grade. This is a form of reward for some. Same goes after college. Top students with awards and honorable mentions are likely to be invited by top and big hit companies to work with them. Some companies pay attention to your transcript of records as it is a factor when applying for a job. I even know some companies who are also requiring applicants to submit their high school grades. We cannot blame them for it is a basis of your performance and skill set. What about the students that were not on the Dean’s list but is a genius inside. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, they were all college dropouts, right?
“So, what are the options?”
Research about the company you will be applying for, if they or they not require an above-average GPA. If you have a target company, likely your dream company for your career, and you’re still in college, study well and don’t procrastinate. If the situation is opposite the latter, choose a lower position (if available) in which it doesn’t require a quota for GPA then aim for a promotion. But that is risky, I tell you.
I was 21 years old after graduation. Pumped. Memories from my thesis presentation on a colloquium were still fresh. I even showcased it on my first job application — which was also my first job rejection. I passed all the application assessments, the exam, the interview, it all went great. Even the interviewer was amazed on my thesis. Yes, she asked about it. Next was she told be about my job offer, we shook hands, stood up, congratulated me, and then the HR officer outside told me that I am not qualified because I didn’t reach the GPA quota.
What a plot twist. Study harder!