So you are on track to graduate with a 2:2, you’ve heard graduate schemes look for a 2:1 and want to know what your options are? Well we’re here to help!First of all you’re not alone, figures published by HESA show that more than one quarter of graduates, graduated with a 2:2 or a 3rd class degree. You’ve spend 4 years studying and have developed a range of knowledge skills and experience and there are still plenty opportunities out there.
BUT GRADUATE SCHEMES ARE OUT, RIGHT?
No! There are graduate programs out there that will accept students graduating with a 2:2. Examples include, EY, the Civil Service Fast Stream, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and even MI5! They all accept grads from any degree discipline as well so if you are looking for a structured graduate programme with a big organisation, you can still apply.
THE COMPANY I WANTED TO WORK FOR REQUIRES A 2:1
Ok, so there are some employers out there who require a 2:1 and perhaps you are no longer eligible for their graduate programme but there could be another way.
Do they have entry level positions that match your skills and experience that may allow you to progress? Or consider gaining experience in another organisation that would allow you to develop relevant knowledge and skills so you can apply for an experienced hire post at a later date.
The Network and LinkedIn are great tools to reach out to alumni working in the organisation to seek advice on what skills/experience may put you in a desirable position to apply to the organisation at a later date.
ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS?
Yes! Remember not all jobs suitable for graduates have the word “graduate” in the job title. If you are applying now, look at immediate start roles that fit with your skills, knowledge and experience. Have a goal in mind, if you are unsure then check out our resources on career planning and options.
You could also consider applying to smaller organisation. According to HESA, 35% of new grads were working at companies with less than 250 employees (SMEs) and one in 5 were working with organisations that have less than 50 employees. ScotGrad, Adopt an Intern and Step all organise graduate internships with SMEs.
CAN I STILL APPLY FOR A POSTGRADUATE COURSE?
Eligibility requirements differ across postgraduate study. Some universities are very flexible in their definitions of prior qualifications and experience.
Many universities are open to candidates on their individual merits and say so explicitly. They will consider your potential to succeed in postgraduate study based on how you sell your skills, knowledge, education, training and previous employment.
However, do think about your reasons for undertaking postgraduate study carefully and be aware that not all recruiters who look for a 2:1 will accept a Masters degree as a substitute.
STILL NOT SURE WHAT TO DO?
- Review our information on finding a job
- Explore resources on making careers decisions
- Connect with our alumni and seek advice on the Network