/ Asked by andy
I started working after my final exams, but my university held my degree because of my low GPA. I have been working for about a year now, and I don't know how tell my employer that I basically didn't yet graduate. The University is asking me to comeback for a semester and do some extra credits to raise my GPA. Should I resign from my job? Or should I tell my employer and then resign so I can go back and receive my degree?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018
I think honesty is always the best policy in situations like this. My first question would be, did your employer verify your education when they hired you? If you falsely provided a degree to your employer that you didn't actually receive, they may ask you to resign. But, if they never verified your degree or if it wasn't a hard requirement for the job then I don't see any concerns. I would recommend that you come forward to your manager with this and explain that you have to go back to school to complete a couple of courses. Before resigning from your job, I would see if there is an opportunity for you to take the classes online or on evenings/weekends. Or, if there is any flexibility in your work schedule so you can stay employed and also complete the courses.
Good luck!
Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, November 2, 2018

That's a tough situation - I'm glad your looking for guidance on this one.  

I think before resigning or speaking to your employer, I would recommend first digging in deeper and understanding more about what you need to do to complete your degree.  For example, could you take courses in the evening or on weekends?  Or, could you take similar courses at a more local college/university that will transfer the credit?  Understanding the scope of the situation and what the school requires to complete your degree would be the first step. 

From there, I would recommend being transparent with your employer.  Present to your manager and/or HR your situation.  If there is an option to stay with the company, but still meet the degree requirements, I would present that as a potential solution.  If not, they might be willing to be flexible given that you were transparent and honest about the situation.  Who knows - they might also offer tuition reimbursement or be flexible on your hours to assist with you completing the degree.  

But, don't be surprised if your employer simply wants to cut ties and go in another direction.  If the degree was a minimum requirement for the position you applied for, they might need to terminate your employment to be in compliance from a legal standpoint.  Each company is different in their policies along these lines.

Best of luck!
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