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    National Scholars Honor Society

    Ok, most of you know that I am in grad school part-time and work full time. I got a letter in the mail asking me to join The National Scholars Honor Society (Magna Cum Laude, The National Scholars Honor Society).

    It costs to join ($85 lifetime membership) and the benefits would be consideration for Merit awards and possible scholarships, along with having this on my resume.

    Is that enough to join?



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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    I've always considered at way to part me with $85 of my money.

    Never heard any HR person say "wow -you're in National Scholars Honor Society!" As a matter of fact, I never hear of this organization outside of these letters.



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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    It's your choice, but anymore, employers look for attitude and motivation over most other credentials.


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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I've always considered at way to part me with $85 of my money.

    Never heard any HR person say "wow -you're in National Scholars Honor Society!" As a matter of fact, I never hear of this organization outside of these letters.

    Not to tell college students that is not important to study. But in my 10 years out of college, I have NEVER been asked about my grade point average either. It is just not that important.


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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Not to tell college students that is not important to study. But in my 10 years out of college, I have NEVER been asked about my grade point average either. It is just not that important.
    For undergrad, I agree. But, for grad - I think for me anything under a 3.0 and I don't graduate.



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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    A friend of mine received something like this back in undergrad and considered joining. After thinking it over, it looked more like a way to get her to part with her money for little to nothing in return. I wouldn't do it personally, but that's just me.


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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    Quote Originally Posted by 4VR4CY View Post
    For undergrad, I agree. But, for grad - I think for me anything under a 3.0 and I don't graduate.
    You probably need that GPA to graduate but what Brian is saying is that employers don't care what GPA you got in college, more that you are doing your job and doing it well.



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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Not to tell college students that is not important to study. But in my 10 years out of college, I have NEVER been asked about my grade point average either. It is just not that important.
    I don't think I've ever filled out an app where they didn't ask for it - filled one out last week in fact (shhhhh).

    But I've never been asked about it. I take that back - first out of school and they'd look at it. Years later, work experience trumps pretty much anything you did (or didnt do) in college.



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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    No one has ever asked me about my GPA. Coming out of undergrad that was good! Coming out of grad school I wish someone would have asked.

    I was approached by the same group when I was in grad school and decided not to spend my money on that, as I needed it to pay for the degree.



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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    In the vast majority of cases, it seems you just need the slip of paper (the degree).

    People tend to hire on experience, personality, and company need over most everything else, IMO.


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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    I slept my way to where I am today. Oh wait, no I didnt. On a serious note, I sometimes question how valuable degrees and accolades are in alot of cases. My degree didnt do squat for me. I guess it depends on what field you are in. I would look at these things as a personal accomplishment..goals I set in my life that I reached, but wont bet on its importance in the real world. Experience is a HUGE weight on a resume in my opinion. Teamwork and a strong work ethic weigh in too.



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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Not to tell college students that is not important to study. But in my 10 years out of college, I have NEVER been asked about my grade point average either. It is just not that important.
    I found when I graduated in 2002 that GPA was very important. Being in the IT world and with the .com bust still very recent and the job market being slim, if you didn't have a certain GPA straight out of college at that time, employers wouldn't even look at you.

    I remember going to the career fair and most boths had signs basically saying if you didn't have this certain GPA or above, don't talk to us. With my sub 3.0 GPA is was tough going for a while in trying to get interviews for jobs.


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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    Quote Originally Posted by 4VR4CY View Post
    Ok, most of you know that I am in grad school part-time and work full time. I got a letter in the mail asking me to join The National Scholars Honor Society (Magna Cum Laude, The National Scholars Honor Society).

    It costs to join ($85 lifetime membership) and the benefits would be consideration for Merit awards and possible scholarships, along with having this on my resume.

    Is that enough to join?
    I received one of thses too. I am the same as you - grad school part-time and work full time. I threw it away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kmcbrid View Post
    I found when I graduated in 2002 that GPA was very important. Being in the IT world and with the .com bust still very recent and the job market being slim, if you didn't have a certain GPA straight out of college at that time, employers wouldn't even look at you.

    I remember going to the career fair and most boths had signs basically saying if you didn't have this certain GPA or above, don't talk to us. With my sub 3.0 GPA is was tough going for a while in trying to get interviews for jobs.

    Alot of places are feeling the burn of hiring people who look fancy and smart on paper but lack the experience and common sense. Heck in Sioux City here, you used to be able to get a job anywhere if you said you worked at Gateway no matter what you did at Gateway. Businesses ended up hiring a bunch of idiots. That career fair you went to sounds like they had some companies that had good intentions academically but Im sure they have changed their view now. It all about getting the right person to fit in your environment. Not necessarily the guy who can regurigate something he read in a book onto a test.



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    Re: National Scholars Honor Society

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    I guess it depends on what field you are in. I would look at these things as a personal accomplishment..goals I set in my life that I reached, but wont bet on its importance in the real world. Experience is a HUGE weight on a resume in my opinion. Teamwork and a strong work ethic weigh in too.
    I think it absolutely depends on what field you're in. My gf is in the hospitality industry and is finding that with or without her degree, she is starting at the same position. Whereas myself, an engineer, would not be able to get my foot in the door without a degree.

    I've always been curious to know how many people actually used their degree once they got out or if it was just a accomplishment thing that employers look for.


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