Originally Posted by jacLC
A resume n vitae can oso b faked. So actually all of those stuff r juz a way of showing u didn eat, study ,& sleep all day long.
Academic performance is still de most crucial part in everything.
This is not quite true. Yes, grades are important. But you can't really tell how technically competent a person really is through his/her grades. I am not familiar with other fields, but most companies these days do not want to hire fresh grads because of their lack of experience. Getting some experience is probably more important than getting all A's.
That's why doing internships related to your field of study during your undergrad and grad years can be very beneficial. Doing internships will also get your foot in the door with the companies, making it easier to get a job with the companies that you interned with upon graduation.