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How much do IT employers care about GCSE grades?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Juelz, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

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    Obviously this is in general, but I'm wondering if they really care as I was thinking about retaking mine as I got a D in Maths and a C grade in English Language, but a D in literature. I can't say its ever caused me any problems as on my CV "I just put achieved gades A-C in the following GCSEs:" but I'm wondering whether IT employers will want to see hard copies etc.
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  2. dmarsh

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    Entirely context dependant.

    If you're 16-18 probably quite a bit.

    I took my GCSE's and A-levels off my CV, not because I had bad grades, its simply wasted space on CV after 20 years in the industry.

    I'd go take a higher Maths or English qualification if you're worried about it.

    GCSE's are pretty basic, anyone above the age 20 should be able pass 8-10 GCSE's in about two months of study. Makes me wonder what I did all day at school.

    Nobody has ever cared one jot about my GCSE's apart for sixth form entrance.
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  3. Apexes

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    Never had them considered for any job I've applied for.

    On the flip side when i now interview people, i'm not particularly interested in GCSE's - but more technical experience.

    That said, i do give candidates a test paper of 20 questions which requires sentence replies for some, i can gauge their spelling and grammar from the replies on that.
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  4. JK2447
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    I completely agree with dmarsh. As a younger person I'd say they matter a lot more. Oldies likes of me, they don't matter at all. I don't put my grades, I'm not even sure they are on my CV anymore but when they were I just said 10 GCSE's A-C I think, something like that I don't recall how many I got now tbh. A'Levels I think can still feature but it just depends on what job you're going for. All I see now is a requirement for a degree, TOGAF etc for my kind of job. When I was an engineer so only a year ago, it was all about having an MCSE and VCP. I don't think anyone cares about those now I've changed jobs
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  5. SimonD
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    The older you get, the less important it becomes.

    I don't have any scholastic qualifications on my CV these days, just professional ones.

    I have seen an ex girlfriend of mine lie about her degree and get called out on it, she actually had to leave the company (this was 6 years after she had finished Uni, she thought telling them that she had a 2.1 when in fact she had a 2.2, once discovered that she had lied she couldn't go back to work.
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  6. Monkeychops

    Monkeychops Kilobyte Poster

    Echo the comments around as you get older they get less relevant. I work for a company where I wouldn't even get on the grad scheme with my degree grade, but as an experienced hire it didn't matter what I had, or even if I had one. By that time it was more the professional qualifications and experience that mattered.

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