So, you’ve graduated from university with a 2:2…
It may be that you were aiming a little higher with your grade, or feel as if the jobs you’re looking for all seem to ask for a 2:1 and above. But don’t be tempted to panic. You can still get that dream job and pursue a career in your ideal industry – you just need to know what your options are.
To help you get started, here are some great 2:2 degree jobs, and some of our top tips on how you can get there.
2:2 degree graduate jobs
If you don’t think there are any great jobs you can do with a 2:2 degree, think again.
There are plenty of opportunities and options out there, irrespective of your degree classification.
Some examples of great 2:2 graduate jobs include:
- Technical Engineer
- Teaching Assistant
- Quality Assurance
- Police Officer
- Business Consultant
- Recruitment Consultant
- Marketing/PR Assistant
- Machine Operator
- Risk Management
- Retail Management
However, this is by no means an extensive list. So not matter what industry you’re looking to work in, or where you want to end up in your career, there’s a job out there to suit you.
Which employers accept a 2:2 degree?
Firstly, there are plenty of employers who are looking for graduates just like you. And they aren’t just interested in your degree classification.
In fact, some of the UK’s biggest brands employ graduates with 2:2 degrees, including the following companies:
- The ‘Big Four’ accounting firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG & PwC
- John Lewis
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Met Police
Most of the UK’s top graduate schemes will accept a 2:2 degree.
In fact, in recent years there has been an increase in the amount of companies removing degree classifications from their job ads altogether – with the ‘Big Four’ in particular being advocates.
As many graduate schemes offer a rotational system, they allow you to try multiple roles during your employment to find your forte. So they’re a great option for anyone looking for diversity in their role, or who may still be unsure what exactly they want to do.
With recent changes being made to apprenticeships, it means that more companies are offering these roles than ever.
Not only are they a great way to receive another recognised qualification, they also offer paid work experience, and allow you to get your foot-in-the-door for the right role.
Roles will vary in duration (and salary), depending on what level or industry you’re going into. However, they can often provide you with a great way to break into a particularly difficult industry or company by building your skills on-the-job.
When graduating from university, one of the biggest challenges you will face is not having enough work experience.
However, if you’re struggling to find paid work or apprenticeships, you could try looking for companies you can intern or even volunteer with. Internships will usually not require you to work on a full-time contract, meaning you still have time to look and apply for paying roles, whilst getting some very valuable and necessary work experience.
In some industries, postgraduate qualifications are a prerequisite.
They may not even be interested in your original degree classification, and you will still be able to apply for a whole host of different courses with your 2:2 degree.
Figure out exactly what role you want to do, whether postgraduate qualifications are available, and whether you want to go back to university. It could be that just one more year of studying could start opening doors for you – no matter how things went first time around.
Can I still apply for a job that asks for a 2:1 with a 2:2?
If a company has specified that they will only consider applicants who meet their specific requirements, then it would usually be advisable not to apply.
However, ensure that you read the job description thoroughly before making a decision. Many might state their ‘desires’, or ‘would likes’, rather than ‘musts’ – so it still might be worth applying.
Even if they definitively ask for a 2:1, you could still end up getting the job. Just make sure you can prove you tick all the other boxes in your cover letter. Because a well-written application will always be well received – regardless of which type of degree you got.
Tips for getting a graduate job with a 2:2 degree
Our top tips for getting a job with a 2:2 degree include:
- Being open minded to new opportunities
- Looking up the best graduate schemes you can apply for
- Sell your strengths in your application – don’t dwell on your degree level
- Talk about your skillset
- Place a precedence on any relevant work experience
- Use the job description to match your attributes to the role (it will help overcome any initial hang-ups)
- Stop seeing your degree as a hindrance – many people don’t have any degree at all, so be proud of what you’ve accomplished
- Most importantly: relax – great opportunities are still out there, no matter what level your degree is. Write a good CV, apply to the right roles, and do your interview preparation. Trust us, you’ll be just fine…
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