What to do if you get a 2:2 Degree

What to do if you get a 2:2 Degree

What to do if you get a 2:2 Degree

A university degree at any level is something to be massively proud of. But what if you’re disappointed with your 2:2? Don’t sweat – here’s what to do.

You’re probably tired of people telling you a 2:2 is nothing to fret about, but if you didn’t get the result you were aiming for, it’s natural to feel a bit deflated. However, it really isn’t the end of the world.

Many employers are becoming more flexible on entry requirements for grad schemes (more on that later), and some of the world’s most successful people graduated with a 2:2 or lower – including Carol Vorderman, Bear Grylls, and even our very own Student Finance expert, Jake Butler!

We’re here to put your mind at ease, answer any questions you might have, and share some tips on how to move forward.

How to get a job with a 2:2

There are so many options that will launch you into the right career, and some routes will even put you at an advantage over some first-class graduates.

Here’s how to get a good job quickly after university:

1. Look for graduate jobs that accept 2:2s

You might think this tip is about as useful as telling you to get rich by digging for gold, but schemes and positions for graduates with a 2:2 do exist – and you won’t have to compromise on quality, either. We’re talking about opportunities with some serious players (as mentioned above, a whole host of major companies accept graduates with a 2:2).

A quick Google for terms like “graduate jobs 2:2 degree” will bring up a ton of job search sites that have search pages specifically for these employers. Also, as we mentioned earlier, some job adverts specify 2:1 degrees as an entry requirement, but recruiters may still consider your application if you got a 2:2.

2. Apply to work at a startup

There are a huge number of startup businesses in the UK, and new ones are getting launched all the time. Startups tend to focus much more on you as an individual as opposed to a number that ticks all the right boxes. As such, you should try to be personable and get in touch with startups directly to wow them with your story.

If you can show them that you’ve got what they’re looking for, they probably won’t care what level of degree you’ve got. Remember that the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and even Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of university before moving on to build their empires. It worked out alright for them…

3. Start a business after university

How about taking the leap and starting a business of your own? If Steve Jobs and Bill Gates can do it with no degree at all, imagine what you could do with a 2:2. Obviously, this route can take time. But you could try a few of our small business ideas that you can start on your own and take it from there – you might find you’ve got a real entrepreneurial spirit.

Even if you decide not to move forward in the end, having a flutter in the small-business world will look great when you mention it on your CV.

4. Do an internship to gain work experience

A good way to get your foot in the door of a company you’re keen to work for is to enquire about an internship placement. If successful, you can then work at really impressing them in person rather than on paper. Admittedly some companies do set degree-level barriers for internships, but it’s much easier to call up and talk yourself into an internship than a permanent paid position.

We don’t advise taking on internships that offer no reimbursement at all (you deserve to get paid for your work), but if you do find yourself on an unpaid internship, we’ve got some tips on how to support yourself financially.

5. Make your CV stand out

Your degree qualifications might feel like the most important thing on your CV, but they only take up one small line. Once an employer has read through all of your great experience, those qualifications can be quickly forgotten about.

Focus on making your CV sparkle with the kind of extras that many first-class grads may not even have. For example, try completing free online courses with qualifications, give freelancing a go, or even do some volunteering with a charity. And, depending on the job at hand, you could even opt for a creative, alternative CV that’ll be very difficult to forget.

6. Use your contacts to help you get a job

Now is the time to start thinking about anyone you know who works in the industry you want to get into. Pick up the phone, drop them an email, message them on LinkedIn or even send them a letter via carrier pigeon – whatever it takes to get the word out there that you’re fresh on the graduate market and looking for a job.

Often, you’ll find that companies will let employee endorsement (a recommendation by someone who already works at the company) override any degree-level requirements – networking might not always be fun but, trust us, it’s very, very useful.

We hope this guide has put you at ease a little and reminded you that, regardless of your grade, you’ve just completed a degree, and that’s a major achievement.

Your degree grade doesn’t necessarily reflect your key work skills – like motivation, creativity, and being a team player – and employers will often acknowledge this.

Your main aim now should be to get yourself out there and show the post-uni world what you’ve got.

Courtesy / Credit: Save the Student

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