From peer reviews & feedback to annual performance evaluations, the transition to not being so "perfect" can be mentally challenging. Pursuit of perfection can be professionally challenging when the most valued commodity is TIME. This never-ending pursuit of optimization eventually leads to a balance of "dotting 'I's", "crossing 'T's" and choosing one of many possible "perfect" solutions. As a decorated engineering student, it took a few years, a large company, and wise & patient supervisors to guide me thru this transition with assignments geared towards my skillset and challenge.
Was the transition from decorated student to professional a mental or psychological challenge to you or another highly decorated professional neophyte that you know?
How long before you realized there was no correlation between the school grading systems and peer reviews or performance evaluations?
Is the transition easier for those in larger companies vs. smaller companies, government industries vs. private industries?Do grades even matter after receipt of the diploma?Note: As a self-employed professional engineer, I get to pursue as much perfection as I desire. Does it adversely impact my bottom line, absolutely. As the business owner, I consider firing myself on a regular basis.