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One caveat..Gotta show that degree these days. So many humanities
graduates out there, that the "paper" has become an admissions card.
Fri, 15 Sep 1995, Gwen Barnes wrote:
> -> I don't know about anyone else here, but my SAT scores are extremely
> -> outdated! (Well, not THAT outdated <grin>!) If someone wants to know for
> -> a job in 1995 how I performed on a test sometime in the 1970s, I'm sorry,
> I never took the SAT. In fact, I never graduated from high school. I
> took a year's worth of courses (pottery, sculpture, art history, martial
> arts <g> and a bit of English) at a community college to qualify for
> the university's "goofed off in high school and blew it but wants a
> second chance" admission policy. Took still more art classes <g>
> Transferred to another university which also waived admissions testing
> since all I needed to prove was that any other university on the planet
> had already admitted me. They calculated GPA on a scale of 9, so I have
> no idea what my graduating GPA works out to in the way most other
> universities calculate them. I was 34 when I graduated.
> The creative writing degree helped to some extent to get me the job I
> have now, but what really qualified me to work here was experience I
> gained through an expensive and time consuming hobby. Our company does
> not have an "HR" department, and from the sound of it, I wouldn't get as
> far as an interview with any company that does.
> If I don't fit the "ideal profile" for companies that want to know my
> friggin test scores from college, all I can say is they probably
> wouldn't fit my "ideal profile" of companies to work for. Results are
> what go on the bottom line, not test scores and GPAs.
> Some of the people here have college degrees, a lot of them don't. We
> hire self-taught programmers who don't have degrees, if they can show us
> they do good work. I like it that way ...