For college students, there are many factors in becoming successful post-graduation.
Graduating the course may not be enough to continue into graduate school or get the job that you want, you may also require a good GPA.
A 3.2 GPA will most likely be considered above average by most. But if you really want to land almost any job, then a 3.5+ is the most alluring. Read on to learn more,
Engineering and GPA
Some Info About Engineering
Engineers are known for producing creative solutions to the world’s problems through the use of mathematics, science, and technology.
Without engineers and engineering, many of our modern comforts would not even be around. Roads, skyscrapers, and advances in automobiles and mobile phones are all thanks to engineers.
“Engineering” itself actually encompasses a large area of courses and specializations.
Because engineering is such a broad term that covers a wide range of applications and industries, it would be prudent to look at the various specializations it involves.
There are hundreds of individual subcategories under each main branch of engineering, so we will only focus on the six major branches.
The five major branches of engineering include mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, and industrial. Beneath these branches lie the remaining subcategories.
One common thing shared across all of the branches of engineering and their subcategories stands, though- maintaining a good GPA is a difficult but worthwhile thing to do.
Does GPA Really Matter?
GPA definitely does matter, especially when it comes to an engineering course, but not so much in the way that you may think.
In general, an interviewer will consider a grade point average of about 3.0 as above average.
Anything above a 3.0 is great, but for your GPA to be considered really exceptional then you will want to shoot for a grade of around 3.8 or higher.
When searching for a job, interviewers will often not pay much attention to your grade point average, unless it is in that exceptional category.
Usually, the interviewer is more interested in your study skills, work ethic, personal interests, leadership skills, ability to work with a group, and your personality among various other qualities.
In terms of a school, the criteria for what would be considered a “good” GPA also varies.
Some schools are known for very hard and rigorous academic achievement among their students, pushing them to earn high grades and perform outstandingly well.
Others are more interested in their students looking good and getting through their course, making for a more tolerant and lenient process
That being said, a grade point average of around the 2.0 and higher range would most likely be considered as average or mediocre for most schools.
Having a GPA around that mark would indicate a student that is simply going through the motions and is average, possibly being more fit for maintenance work than programming or design.
We’ve talked about having good, great, and exceptional GPA’s but one thing that not many people take into account is having a lower, or simply average GPA.
When applying for jobs having an average GPA could prove detrimental, and may actually hurt you in the long run.
Employers typically are not impressed with uninteresting GPA’s and often having an average or below-average GPA will eliminate you from consideration.
Grade point averages that are just scraping by, average, or below average tend to show your employer or interviewer that you either weren’t smart enough to do well or that you were more interested in other things.
Reasons for this being detrimental to landing a job or passing an interview is because employers are interested in people who are able to accomplish the work at hand before anything else.
A “Good” GPA
Now, with all of that out of the way, and with our new understanding of the question at hand, we can get into what a truly “good” GPA for engineering may be.
For most, a good grade point average for an engineering course will sit right around 3.2 or so.
As stated earlier, exceptional GPA’s will range from 3.5 to 3.8 or above, but for just have an above-average score around 3.2 is the sweet spot.
Making sure to maintain your grades is a key skill in keeping your GPA up to at above-average to exceptional levels.
It’s Not Too Late!
If you have not been doing too hot during your studies and are maintaining a below average or average GPA it is not too late to redeem yourself.
Yes, indeed, even if you had troubles with your first few years in college or just ended up slacking off and not paying attention to your studies, you can still get your GPA up and with good benefits.
Should you begin your first two years with a 2.5 GPA you can still work hard to bring your grades up considerably for your remaining years in order to achieve a 3.0 GPA overall.
Although this may be difficult, with enough drive and self-control you’ll be able to attain it and reap the benefits later on.
Interviewers in particular will most likely be very impressed by seeing such a change.
It will show them that you as a student matured and had a strong determination and drive to get your grades back up and finish strong.
Not only does it showcase your ability to set your mind to something and accomplish it, but it shows employers your ability to achieve a meaningful goal.
This trait in particular is very highly valued when it comes to being employed, and it will surely impress your employer or interviewer.
Of course, if you can maintain your grades and get a high GPA from the start that is preferable and will showcase your ability to stay consistent, bard-working, and also show your smarts.
Thankfully though, if that is not the case you will be relieved to know that this is a fairly common situation when it comes to engineering students.
So, if you find yourself struggling or falling behind just work harder to pull your GPA back up and you should have a good shot in the future!
Maintaining a good GPA is preferable to having to pull your grades back up from simply average, but it may not be too late to redeem them if you slacked off in the past.
Having a good GPA is a benefit in engineering, impressing employers, and other interviewers as well as building up proper skills you will be able to utilize later in life.
Strive for exceptional grades, even if you do not reach an extremely high GPA’s of 3.8 or above you may land around 3.5 which is very impressive to most all jobs.