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    I think good grades are overrated... Success in the real world of IT and computing depends primarily on one's ability to handle stress, level of creativity, level of productivity, desire, drive, passion and intelligence. An A in CompSci has little bearing on any of the above criteria. That said, sure, graduating MIT with honors doesn't hurt your chances of being hired into an IT gig... Just don't place too much of an emphasis on it.

    At Microsoft, for example, we pay much more attention to the above characteristics than we do academic standing. I have worked with somebody in the past that we hired right out of high school, with average grades...