If you fail a univeristy course, what happens? Don't you have to get good grades to get a good job?

Not necessarily. If you fail a university course what happens is that it's calculated into your GPA. You have the option of retaking the course, and the higher grade is what matters. Depending on the college, some may let you retake it at a community college, pay less money for it.

If the class is for your major, then you would definitely need to take it over, and ask if you have to take it at the university or if you have the option of taking it some place else. Most universities have a standard of what you need as far as (you need at least a C in the class) doing well in the course.

Also, it will show on your transcript that you attempted to take the class, but didn't actually pass it. So, for example, if you took 12 hours (usually the minimum for a full time student) that semester, and you fail 1 class, then it'll most likely say that you attempted 12 credit hours, but you only passed with 9 credit hours.

For most college graduates, your GPA is what really matters. Your overall GPA, and your area of study GPA. A lot of employers don't base hiring you simply on your GPA, but they might ask on the application what your GPA was when you were in school.

It's not the end of the world if you fail a class either. Lots of students fail all the time. I failed some classes in college, I just retook them for a better grade. During the beginning weeks of a class, if you feel that you're not doing too well, and you feel that it's not possible to do any better for any reason at all, you have the option of dropping the class, that way it wouldn't count against you if you did fail it.
Most jobs never look at your GPA. What do you call a person who earned the lowest grades in his medical classes?...


If you retake the class only the higher grade will show up.
It's not necessary to have good grades...BUT they do make life a lot easier. Most of the good companies who recruit new grads and place them into structured programs (such as General Electric, any of the Investment Banks, etc.) have about 500 students applying for only 20 positions. They look for GPA, extracurricular involvements and prior internship experience. GPA matters for those guys. It also matters for grad school.

If it's just one course, and you can keep your GPA over 3.0 at a minimum, then you should be fine for most jobs, as they never look at GPA anyway.

If you're really concerned, then just re-take the class (you probably will have to anyway if it's a required course). Some univs. will let you substitute 1 or 2 bad grades with a better grade if you want (academic forgiveness is what they call it).

Lastly, to get a good job you need:
a) to be very lucky, or
b) to have connections.

Landing a job is really tough without experience...so if you're still in school, try to get an internship.
Usually, you need a 2.0 GPA (grade point average of C) to graduate with an associate's or bachelor's. Most employers could care less about your grades. Grades will play a role, if you wish to later go on to a master's or a doctorate, but even then, there are some easier to get into master's programs where you can re-build yourself academically so you can later get into a doctoral program. As to what happens immediately, if your GPA sinks too low, you might get put on academic probation, but you'll still have a semester or a year to raise your GPA to acceptable levels. Often, you're better off to re-take the class, because many schools have a policy of taking only the later, higher grade for purposes of computing the GPA. In business school, they have a saying: be nice to your A and B students, for they will one day come back as your fellow professors, but be especially nice to your C students, for they will become corporate executives and come back to endow the university.

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