For pretty much all of my childhood, I was convinced that good grades would make or break my life. If you got As, you’d succeed. More than a couple of Bs and you might be doomed to eat instant ramen out of your parents’ garage well into your 30s. Parents and teachers usually reinforce this idea, stressing how important it is to earn high marks. The thing is, once you hit adulthood, you realize how little those As helped. Sure, it makes getting into college a lot easier. But once we all graduate, we’re all in the same boat.
Employers don’t ask about grades — rarely ever. Depending on your profession, some employers don’t even care if you graduated at all as long as you can get the job done right. The illusion that, if you follow all the correct steps, you’ll effortlessly fall into your dream job fresh out of college is a nice one, but it’s also utter BS. Once you’re out in the “real world,” things like confidence, dependability, resilience and people skills are critical to success. That A+ you earned in AP French? Not so much.