Despite outlandish myths and beliefs, a 2:2 is not the end of the world. It does not mean you will be unemployed or in a low paid, low prospect job. You are more than just a degree classification and your attitude to finding your ideal job should demonstrate this.
As the UK moves into an economy with higher employment growth since before the recession, there is a greater chance of getting employed now than ever before. According to the Confederation of British Industry in a recent survey, half of employers expect their workforce to be larger by the end of the year. Furthermore, more than a third (36%) of businesses plan to grow their graduate recruitment across all or parts of their organisation.
So what does this mean?
Whilst your grades aren’t ideal and recruitment sites can make you feel inadequate or sub-standard, there are always other routes to achieving your employment goals. We’ve put together some useful tips that will help you going forward.
- Make no excuses, just get on with it.
Blaming yourself or making a boat load of excuses is not going to help you in any way, shape or form. It is not going to change the grade! The idea now is to learn from your experiences, reflect and identify ways that you can improve going-forward with your career goals. Remember it’s a marathon not a race, one setback is not the be-all or end-all. Keep going, NO EXCUSES!
- Think Small, Think Start-Up
Whilst big graduate recruiters will most likely look for those with 1st
class or 2:1 degree classifications, these large companies make up a small percentage of the industry, 0.7% to be exact. This means that 99.3% of the business population is made up of small or start up companies. Test your lucky with smaller companies as they are more likely to accept a 2:2 classification. Furthermore, they are often more flexible about career development and you may find yourself in a higher position than if you was at a larger company.
Whilst, you can still get a job with a top graduate recruiter with a 2:2. It may require more time and research, experience, and careful thought about your unique attributes, it is definitely possible.
- Don’t Compromise, Don’t Settle.
You don’t have to settle for a job you have no intention of pursuing in future, just because you have a 2.2. Remember, a 2:2 is not a death sentence; it will not stop you from doing what you want to do. Whilst it may take longer and be more difficult, with hard work and determination you can still obtain your dream job.
- Demonstrate your skills
Emphasise your skills, experience and accomplishments to your potential employer. If you achieved high marks in some modules, but brought your overall mark down in others, then list your modular break down. This shows employers that you are capable of excelling. Furthermore, specific technical skills or additional languages are becoming ever more valuable, so if you have a hidden skill of coding or speaking Spanish, let them know!