Ivy League College Degree Ranks Last in Importance

Genevieve Fish

If you thought the education section on your résumé should go at the top, you might want to reconsider your layout. According to today’s top companies, a mix of communication skills, hard work, and likability far outweighs the importance of where you went to school. So pump up those internships and work experience. Bosses want to see your grit, not the name of your alma mater.

Google doesn’t care where you went to school.

Laszlo Bock, Google’s “people” chief, believes that grades aren’t that important when considering a young hire. They only predict positive job performance for the very beginning of a person’s career. “Whether you’re a C student, B student, A student actually has no correlation with how you perform over time, at least at Google.”

Top grades don’t always make a leader.

According to billionaire Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, “The world is run by C students.”

Grit matters.

Janet Yellen delivered some wise words at New York University’s 2014 commencement ceremony. “There is an unfortunate myth that success is mainly determined by something called ‘ability.’” Yellen identified “grit,” perseverance, and passion as the most important job skills.

For the complete list of things that count more than an Ivy League degree, check out CNN Money.

Grit it out in style with these leather briefcases.

Have you proven the importance of personality and passion over grades? Share your experiences below.

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