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Omitting a degree in the resume?

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New answer on Jun 30, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 14, 2020

Hi all,

I'm wondering if it's fine to omit my Bachelor education in my resume? I'm asking this because my Bachelor's GPA is quite low (think 3.00 to 3.30 out of 4.00) and it was obtained from a globally lesser known University in a third-world country (albeit one of the best nationally). I have a high GPA in my Masters degree and a STEM PhD from a top-tier European school. My goal is to break into MBB, ATK, OW, S&, RB or ADL in continental Europe or the Middle East.

I am aware that I can always explain the reasons of getting a low grade (e. g. active in a faculty club and exploring other interests that resulted into an innovative product at the end of my study), but the point here is to get the interview in the first place.

Would it be fine to just state my Master's and PhD background or perhaps omit my Bachelor's GPA while stating my Master's GPA and listing my activities during Bachelor's study (e. g being the President of a faculty club)? Should I already address this in my cover letter?

Thanks very much in advance!

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Clara
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replied on Jun 14, 2020
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Hello!

Don´t worry at all!

You are overthinking this one, so message of tranquility here :)

You must include all your degrees, if not it´s when you will call attention to it, precisely what you don´t want.

However, you don´t need to include the grades, particularly from the 1t ones. Only the Master and PdH, since they are significant, and even so it won´t be a needle mover.

Don´t worry, since the last education is the one that matters most. You are covered with the M and PhD.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous replied on Jun 14, 2020

Hi there,

I think it would be a bit weird to have a CV without a bachelor's degree.

That being said, given the fact that you are quite experienced and have a PhD, then the bachelor's grades (no need to mention them) and university prestige are not that a deal-breaker anymore (still, they need to be there so the recruiters know what is your academic foundation)

Feel free to share a draft CV if you need any extra tips.

Best

Khaled

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Réka
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replied on Jun 15, 2020
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Hi,

I would not omit your bachelor degree. If you have a master's degree, most people will assume that you have a bachelor, too, and then it's a bit suspicious why you don't indicate it. And as you say, there is so much more to your bachelor education than just the grades (extracurriculars, student organizations, competitions etc.). You can compensate with these for a lower GPA (and a good standardized test scope might help, too).

You can also decide to omit your GPA. I don't remember anyone asking for my transcript during the consulting application process.

Best,

Réka

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Luca
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replied on Jun 15, 2020
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Hello,

I would suggest to keep your Bachelor education (you can not obmit it), removing GPA and final grade. Consulting companies are usually more interested in Master activity, it shouldn't be a big issue. Anyway, it can happen that you will be asked for that numbers, so be sure that you are able to justify those results in a proper way.

Feel free to write me if you want to discuss this,
Luca

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Antonello
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replied on Jun 16, 2020
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Hi, I would include it. I confirm only your last experience will be valued in terms of grades you achieved

Best,
Antonello

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Axel
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replied on Jun 15, 2020
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Hi,

I would suggest that you list your Bachelor's degree and remove your GPA. It would be quite weird to not have your first degree on your CV and that will only lead to more questions.

-A

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Ian
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replied on Jun 14, 2020
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Hi there,

Very simple solution: Remove the grade! (Just on your Bachelor's listing)

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Francesco
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replied on Jun 18, 2020
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Hi there,

I recommend that you include the Bachelor in your CV - you can exclude the GPA instead. They may ask you about that during the interview. Still, this would help you to reach the interview stage in the first place.

I would not refer to the low GPA in the cover - it would just put attention on that.

Best,

Francesco

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Anonymous replied on Jun 16, 2020

Dear A,

I wouldn't oomit you Bachelor degree, because as other experts says, it's natural that after Bachelor degree you receive Master, but not having it in your CV will initiate inclarities and additional questions and as a result even more attention.

So, include you Bachelor degree, but without grades.

If you nee any further help or advice, feel free to reach me out.

Best,

André

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Robert
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Hi Anonymous,

Whenever I see application documents with partially missing grades, I need to fairly assume that the canidate wants and needs to hide something here. So that will always point my attention to it and at least somebody will ask it during interviews.

Hope this helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Vlad
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replied on Jun 15, 2020
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Hi,

You can easily omit the degree or just keep it without GPA.

Best

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Anonymous replied on Jun 30, 2020

Hi,

I would suggest that you should remove the grade.

Best,

Anton

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