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Do candidates’ grades matter?


With the debate raging about the value of a university education, many people are also starting to question the importance of getting good grades. The debate centres around whether it’s more important to have solid academic results or work experience, part-time employment, extracurricular activities and good social skills.

While there will always be situations where high marks are important — competitive graduate programs like law, medicine or MBA programs come to mind — I believe academic results aren’t nearly as important as some people make them out to be. In particular, few employers seem to care much about academic results, especially after a candidate has several years of work experience.