As recruiting season finishes up each year, we always get one question over and over.
Here’s a random sample from this year’s email volume:
“I’ve been meeting some people for coffee according to your Networking Toolkit, and they have been suggesting that I delay my graduation.
I am a liberal arts major with a 3.0 GPA and no IB experience, although I can spin some of my experience to make it seem more finance-related.
Do you think I should delay my graduation, which I can do without taking classes, and go to NYC or London to network my way into an internship for a few months?
Or will recruiters see through the ‘delayed grad with no classes’ plan?”
Some questions require thoughtful responses, but this one’s simple: delaying your graduation is almost always a terrible idea.
There are a few limited, highly specialized cases where it makes sense, but it often yields “returns” that are far below your expectations.
Why I’m Not a Fan of Delaying Your Graduation