Prospective employers are likely to take a holistic approach in evaluating job candidates, of which GPA will only be one part of the consideration; employers have not indicated to the University Career Center that they look negatively upon students having selected the CR/GC/NC grading option in some of their classes. Employers will be looking for skills, knowledge, and experiences that students gained both inside and outside the classroom. Experiences such as internships, shadowing, project-based learning, independent study, and public service will be significant in students’ personal and professional development. Skills and experiences are likely to have a more significant impact on students’ future opportunities than simply grades. Students should therefore focus on developing relevant skills and knowledge, preparing their job application, and getting ready for the interview, in addition to maintaining a high GPA.
Students should consider the disciplinary nature of their prospective jobs. In all cases, students are encouraged to use a cover letter as an opportunity to explain and contextualize their personal circumstances during the spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 semesters.