How important are MSc grades to get a job?

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Hi everyone,

A quick question, according to your experience, how relevant are the MSc grades to find a job? Is getting a merit, distinction, etc increase your chances of landing a job? Or the employers don't look at Master's grades that much?

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Jun 25, 2018

In my case, very important. HR told me a very long time after I got hired for my first gig that my grades got me in. Not the school or the degree itself. The employment market I applied for had other degrees that were more prominent (and more popular with employers) than my MSc Fin and my grades got me through as a "different" candidate for IBD.

Jun 26, 2018

Thank you for your reply. Did you apply for IBD roles? Do you know anything about applying directly to by-side?

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Jun 25, 2018

Thank you for your feedback.

I am writing this cause today I got the grades lol.. And my average is something like a 64.5 in uK.
It's just that my school has the rule that merit is a 65 to 70 not 60 to 70 as everywhere.
So I am worried that the recruiters will look at it as a "pass"... So frustrating :(

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Jun 25, 2018

With good internships and internal references you should be alright. What are you aiming for? leadership development programs? any entry level job? More technical or more "elite" leadership roles? Planning any further degrees and/or MBAs?

Unfortunately, even after more than a decade in the UK, I still don't know how they grade.

Jun 27, 2018

What would planning for an MBA change here? Thank you.

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Jun 25, 2018

A rule that I generally observed with peers and colleagues is the less well known the school, the higher the grades have to be. I've seen countless people from targets get hired with high 2:1s (67-69%) but almost no non-targets. They tend to have high-ish distinctions (75-85%) or in most cases they get dinged.

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Jun 25, 2018

Thank you for your reply,

I am studying at Cass Business School, so it's not a target. But then again, my aim is not IBD. I'm more into asset/investment management. What area you work in? Are you referring to bachelor or to masters grades?

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Jun 25, 2018

My good sir, CASS is a pretty strong semi-target so you're safe there. Clearly a Distinction is better than a Merit but if you can back up your ~64% with good experience you should be ok. As for what to put on the CV, put the percentage and most people will know that for the rest of the UK that's a Merit - CASS just seems to be unnecessarily anal about degree nomenclature.

Jun 25, 2018

I am aiming at entry-level jobs, preferably on buy-side. Nothing elite, an internship at an asset manager will be enough for now. For me this MSc is a career change degree and this is why I am worried that the HR would look at this like "this guy is not that fit for this after all".. About MBA and further academics I highly doubt I would do something like that in the next 10 years at least. I want to work now, enough of studying.

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Jun 27, 2018

Borderline, 3.7 isn't amazing either. Just try and you'll see. Or skip a season and try afterwards

Jun 27, 2018

Can't skip a season, it's a one year program :( If I don't put my GPA on my resume, what will the reaction be from recruiters?

Jun 27, 2018

Do you have a Grad GPA yet? I'd imagine it'd still be high right? Use both. If not, just use your undergrad.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" - Will Rogers

Jun 27, 2018

Not yet, and it will probably be around a 3.5 or even a 3.25

Jun 27, 2018

since you actually haven't been "issued" those grades yet, I'd argue you don't really need to disclose your master's GPA or you could put in a "projected GPA" based on what your grades are now. What does the career center say?

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" - Will Rogers

Jun 27, 2018

You include your UG GPA until you have a masters GPA. 3.7 is very good. If your masters is above a 3.3 you should be fine. Even at the 3.0 mark you probably won't have too much of an issue.

Jun 27, 2018

Why is your undergraduate GPA on your resume? Did you start a master's immediately after undergrad and not work in between?

Jun 27, 2018

Your "most recent" GPA is what they care about the most. Especially if it is a hard major

Jun 27, 2018

I have heard that some business schools actually discourage their MBA students from indicating their MBA GPA on their resume. Is there any truth to these rumors? Thanks in advance.

Jun 27, 2018

Yeah I've heard that Harvard doesn't let you put your GPA on the resume and that Michigan doesn't even give out grades; it is just pass or pass.

These are for MBA programs (correct me if I am wrong).

Jun 27, 2018

The grade non-disclosure has actually received a lot of attention in recent years. Some MBA programs do not disclose grades, others do. It is really on a program by program basis.

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Jun 27, 2018

Excuse my ignorance, but then what is the motivation to study extra hard? (besides your own benefit - obviously you want to get something out of Bschool, but you know what I mean)

Jun 27, 2018
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