Say you had an analyst candidate who worked in PE/IB as an intern (varying between 30 - 60 hours) during 4 of his 8 semesters, but had a lower GPA (around 3.2-3.3). Is this a valid excuse? So if I had a 3.8 before I began to balance work and school and it dropped a lot, but I could talk about wanting to maximize my exposure to the industry, and viewing that as of equal importance, what would your thoughts be?
I am trying to decide if I should solely focus on school or keep working during my final fall semester. I really like working during the school year as it gives me a sense of purpose, but my GPA is taking a pretty big hit. I also think by proving myself during the school year, I will have a much better chance at receiving a FT offer before my off cycle graduation date (this is my ultimate goal). However, if I do not receive the FT offer, I want to be able to effectively lateral. If it matters, I have been interning with my current firm since March and know that as of now I can stay on through the summer. I am getting really good experience and expect to be offered to stay on through my the fall (my final semester). As I expect many of you will mention this, I am doing everything I can to finish with around a 3.5 - 3.6 (doable but it will be challenging). Lastly, I could also overload my schedule during my final quarter to retake a class I did poorly in (I was working 60-70 hours one summer on top of the class, so needless to say it did not go well).