I am starting to think my chances at a BB are diminishing. As a rising junior, I currently have a 3.4 cumulative GPA and a 3.9 major GPA(economics) at a top public university. This being the case, an internship next summer will rely heavily on the weight employers assign to major GPA. Is there anything wrong with just listing major GPA on a resume? I am not enrolled in a business school, so do you think that undertaking an honors concentration would significantly improve my chances? Any input is greatly appreciated.
Should I Use A Major GPA?
While it is frowned upon to just put a major GPA on your resume, it is perfectly fine to put a major and a cumulative GPA. If you have a low GPA (less than ~3.50) and you have a higher major GPA in a major that is relevant to the industry (ie. finance, economics, math) you can prove that you are strong in the subjects that matter by including a major GPA. Our users explained below.
I think it's good to list both even if they are close together (assuming the major is ibanking-related - econ, business)--it shows that your cumulative GPA is not padded by a bunch of fluff electives (major GPA significantly lower than non-major GPA) for instance 3.7 cumulative = good, right? But if it's 4.0 non-major and 3.0 business/econ major to get to 3.7... = bad.
User @HerSerendipity", a private equity associate, cautioned against including just a major GPA:
Putting only a major GPA will raise flags. Put both cum and your major since your major one is considerably higher. When you say you are at a "top public university" do you mean like a UVA (which is normally a target? A 3.4 isn't terrible especially since you have a strong major gpa. If your major was something like creative writing, then I think it'd be different.
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