Excerpt from Race to the Starting Line: How to Succeed In College by Leaving Grades Behind.

CHAPTER 1: “What does a bachelor’s degree mean to an employer?”

Sounds like a simple question with a simple answer. Many students I speak to respond to this question with various statements:

  • “A bachelor’s degree shows your experience.”
  • “…shows accomplishment”
  • “It lets companies know how smart you are.”

The real answer is far more basic. Based on years of experience as an employer interviewing many candidates, as well as asking many friends who are heads of HR departments from companies large and small, I’m here to tell you the real answer:

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