So, you finally got your results and found out that you landed a 2:2 degree. Your first reaction may have been worry and dread about what this means for your future, but rest assured, it’s not the end of the world!
While you may be feeling a bit deflated and unsure about what comes next, there are still plenty of opportunities out there for you to explore.
Here’s what to do if you get a 2:2 degree:
Some employers can be flexible
The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to be limited by your 2:2 degree when it comes to job opportunities. In fact, some employers are more open-minded and look beyond academic achievements, and instead, place a greater emphasis on skills, experience, and personal qualities. Of course, it may take a bit more effort and persistence to find these types of companies, but it’s worth the extra research.
One way to approach your job search is to focus on companies that have a reputation for valuing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. These employers often have a more holistic view of their candidates and will be more interested in learning about your unique set of skills and what you can bring to the table.
Another helpful strategy is to highlight your strengths and accomplishments in your CV and cover letter. Be sure to include any relevant work experience, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities that demonstrate your skills and abilities. It’s important to be confident in yourself and what you can offer.
Sign up to a graduate recruitment agency
Signing up with a graduate recruitment agency can be a great option to consider if you have finished your degree with a 2:2. One agency to look out for is Inspiring Interns – a company dedicated to connecting graduates with top employers across a range of industries.
One useful feature of Inspiring Interns is their use of the video CV, which allows candidates to showcase their personality and communication skills to potential employers. This can be a great way to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate your strengths.
One of the main benefits of working with a graduate recruitment agency is that they typically focus on factors beyond just academic grades. So, even if you don’t have a first-class degree, you can still be considered for a wide range of positions based on your work experience, skillset, and personality.
Additionally, you’ll have access to a wider pool of job opportunities. You may be surprised at the range of industries and positions available to you, and having the support and guidance of a recruitment agency can help you navigate the job market more effectively.
Apply to a start-up company
New businesses are popping up all the time. It’s an exciting time for graduates with a 2:2 degree as it can be a real opportunity to break into the job market.
One of the great things about start-ups is that they often prioritise finding the right fit for their company culture and values, rather than simply looking at academic qualifications. This means that if you have the right skills and qualities, you may be able to land a job even if your degree isn’t a 1st or a 2:1.
It’s important to keep your eyes open for new start-ups in your local area and beyond. Look for companies that align with your interests and career goals, and don’t be afraid to reach out to them directly. Start-ups are often open to hearing from passionate individuals who can contribute to their team.
The key is to prove that you have exactly what the company is looking for. So, be sure to do your research, tailor your pitch to their specific needs, and demonstrate your value as a potential employee. With a little bit of persistence and a lot of determination, you may just be able to land yourself a job in the start-up world.
Do a postgraduate degree
It’s a common misconception that only students with top grades are accepted into postgraduate programmes.
Did you know that some universities and colleges also consider other factors like your work experience, achievements, and personal qualities? If you have proven yourself to be a dedicated and hardworking student during your undergraduate studies, your lecturers may recommend you for further study.
By pursuing a postgraduate degree, you can not only enhance your knowledge and skills but also increase your chances of standing out in the competitive job market.
Written by Laura Bill, who works for Inspiring Interns. Inspiring Interns is the first recruitment company to use the innovative technique of video CVs to place young jobseekers into employment. Since their founding in 2009, they have placed over 7,500 graduates into the workplace, as well as providing useful advice for recent graduates and employers.
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