“G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.” – Adam Bryant, Senior Vice President of People Operations for Google — i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies in the world.
If you think that the major companies of the world are going after the Ivy-League graduates, think again. They are going after the people who don’t need grades to motivate them to work. They want people who have created things on their own. That shows more determination than someone who spent four years getting Straight-As and nothing else. Think about that for a moment, the person who goes to school and only reads the books their professor tells them, nothing else, and only does their homework, and never explores other professions, has nothing to offer to companies like Google. The number of people without college degrees who work at Google has increased 14% on some teams, according to the first article.
If you are one who thinks grades are everything, read these two articles VERY carefully and then read the following two books after that. If you don’t get it after that, then you need to focus on companies that do look to grades for employment.