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Have you ever met a student who graduated from college with a GPA below a 3.0, and got a good job without going to grad school?

Asked by anna2point5 (19points) May 15th, 2010

I am a full time undergrad student at Hunter College, New York, majoring in Psychology. My GPA is currently 2.48. That’s not because I slacked off and partied, but because I have other interests and hobbies outside of school. I would like to get a job working with animals or autistic children. I am also interested in doing research on the connection between psychology, art, and meditation. Can I get a job like this with just a Bachelors degree? I don’t want to apply to grad school because of my GPA, and I probably won’t do well on the GRE, I hate Math! Have you met anyone who didn’t go to graduate school, and still had a successful career?

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gailcalled's avatar

Me.I had a much better GPA (graduated with honors) but no grad school. But that was a long time ago. Do some research on the Austism sites to see the academic credentials necessary. Ditto your other interests.

dpworkin's avatar

The US Government reports that a Bachelors Degree in Psychology has “limited usefulness” in the job market, so I’m afraid your grades aren’t the problem.

filmfann's avatar

I have a friend who is brilliant, but didn’t do great in school that I remember. She did excel at math, and is quite the accountant. She never got her CPA, or even attended college, but she has a $250K a year job, with another $200k in bonuses. She has math skills, and a terrific personality, and has worked for Pixar, LeapFrog, and Equitec.

Draconess25's avatar

My uncle. He dropped out of high school when he was 16, went back to get his GED (he failed the 1st time; took a class on multiple-choice tests, & passed the 2nd time on guesswork), & was in college before any of his friends graduated. He dropped out of college, but somehow got a job as a graphic designer.

Kayak8's avatar

Most research involves math . . . just FYI . . .

squidcake's avatar

My dad got kicked out of college (long story) but was still able to work his way up and now has one of the top managing jobs of a construction business.
You should be able to find plenty of work dealing with children/autistic children with just a bachelor’s degree. Just don’t expect to be the next Dr. Phil right away.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Sure and even more of them who never graduated from college at all who make over $100K a year. Not all well paying jobs require a college degree.

NanciDru's avatar

I have found that many times it is not the test scores that count but ones professionism, ability to do certain skills, follow directions, and have a bit of common sense. In the real world we don’t get tested often but our boss depends on our skills.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I’ve observed in the real world it’s still how you apply what you know and how fast you become adept at what you don’t know, who you know and being in the right place at the right time. Any degree you have is just one more tool in your box if someone wants to greenlight you along.

talljasperman's avatar

I finished 2 years of psychology with a 2.5 GPA and my best job is clerk at a convience store… now I live at home and fluther…every bit of education helps

Bastion's avatar

My friend’s mother dropped out of high school. She now works at an architectural firm and makes quite a bit of money.

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