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I graduated with a 2.6 GPA in a major that I hated, I’m now working Strategy projects. Anyone else think the conventional educational system is a bust?

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Graduated from a state school with a 2.7. Yeah I would 100% agree that the college system is absolutely broken. If I can be in and out of school in 2 years with a direct major I don’t understand why gen-Ed’s are required.

I also think it goes beyond just the school system though in that it’s a cultural thing. Albeit changing, you go from needing to ask to pee in HS geometry to picking a major to define at least the first 5-7 years of your post education life. There’s no room or tolerance to explore things you’re interested in, and in all honesty I think the school system is awful at fostering creativity and opening doors for people.

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I disagree, you should already have a proficiency in everything you mentioned by the time you hit college. I’m not at college to pay thousands of dollars for a course that doesn’t pertain to my skillset I’m trying to hone in. If you can find a way to make each one relative to the major then sure, for example psychology of decision making could be applicable to business; history of massive rises and failures of companies/industries and dissecting that could be pertinent. But I don’t need another class on 14th century Egypt, or WW2 history. I spent all of my HS/JR high/elementary school with that being drilled in to me.

College is the time to specialize and I think colleges need to offer the opportunity to approach it like a trade school. If I’m an engineer, fast track me to being one. Don’t waste my time with music theory or theatre.

I do see your point despite disagreeing. I think to the first point I made, there’s a void/gap in pre college education where they aren’t teaching you the right things, and that’s why you see a fundamental disconnect about things like economics.

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2.4 (weighted) GPA in HS in the house!

I make sure the kids get good grades, but school was absolutely broken for me. Seemed designed to reward avg intelligence and a high willingness to do meaningless work rather than ability to think / create on one’s own. Seems like a reasonable prep for much of the working world, at the cost of filtering out some really talented people with really good ideas.

I “thrived” (almost a 3.0) at a liberal arts school where there was a much higher premium on actual thinking.

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The educational system in my humble opinion is in meed of a 21st century refresh. Musk and others realize that…..

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How about.. Consulting strategy is bust 🧐🧐

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All a high gpa proves is that you’re good at following the rules. Maybe you think outside the box a lot and that’s why you’re in strategy?

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Not exactly. For a tough major like math, CS or ee/chemical engineering, its not just laziness or following rules- the material is difficult to master. If you’re talking about a business or econ major , then yes

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Nope, I don't think the conventional education system is a bust.
Maybe you're an outlier and despite your low GPA you're doing well in career. But for majority of the people, a good degree, GPA, college name etc matter (at least for 2-3 years after graduation)

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You mean going hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt for a sociology degree and making 40k after the fact is a farce?!? You don’t say

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I failed out of college the first time and got an online only degree at 30yo before getting an MBA.

Did 3 years at a T2 doing mostly strategy work and exited at manager level for FAANG strategy role.

Education is pretty valuable (I use my MBA education daily), but GPA is a better predictor of effort than ability.

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Perhaps I should have said capability? I don't think these words are consistently defined, but I was referring to potential to get something done. Plenty of very smart, capable people that have great impact in their careers didn't get good grades.

U just finessed the system. Be proud homie.

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There’s no perfect fix. I think on average it works. I’m not too sure what you’re trying to correlate between a 2.6 GPA and Strategy projects?

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Maybe you had a low gpa because you chose a major that you hated?

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So you picked the wrong major, didn’t perform well in school and didn’t switch major, and now you’re blaming the system 🤧

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2.6 GPA from a State School.
Senior Manager in Tech Strategy, on the cusp of MD.

I really just didn’t give a crap about school other than getting a passing grade, also- my test taking skills were garbage, until senior year. It hasn’t mattered in the end.

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Came in as an experienced hire, they didn’t ask.

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2.7 here. “High performer” up for early promo. School sucked, work is easy

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If you're starting from the premise that college should be about preparing you for the workforce, then it's no doubt a major failure. But I don't think the goal of college should be to enable students to get a high salaried job.

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Crazy ask: are you from an upper-class background? Did you have an “in” at Deloitte? My take is your experience isn’t normal so you should look over the compensating factors more closely.

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Oh. Gotcha. Well, seems like you’re killing it. Congrats. I’ll get my 3.5 GPA tat covered over now. 😁

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What if someone has a lower GPA (not terrible), but they worked two jobs through college because their family couldn’t afford to pay tuition and they didn’t want $100k in debt? But they showed up everyday and put in all their effort. Is that person a worse candidate than someone that has a 4.0 with some cheesy school extra curriculars?

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Strategy doesn’t exist at Accenture anymore. It’s a bust.

That’s because you are in Deloitte 😅 Seriously soeaking, kudos! Keep it up!

I had a 2.9 in high school and a 2.8 in college and I crush projects, don’t think education system is a bust but it certainly doesn’t cater to everyone. I also just did enough to get by and prioritized other parts of my life.

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