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Will a 2.2 degree hinder my career?

There is no point getting frustrated and annoyed with the grade you have achieved. Although some compaines seem to like 2.1 graduates when applying for jobs. This is certainly not a hinderance. Just ensure you have not only enthusiasm but a willingness to learn. Most companies about the degree they care about the willing to learn and gain skills. They want an employee who is going to benefit there company and also bring soft skills to the job role.

 

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What does a 2.2 degree mean?

A 2.2 degree is part of the UK system of degree classification. This is not the same as a GPA or other international grading systems. There are different classes when it comes to UK degrees as follows. 

Highest to Lowest degree classification (marks out of 100):

  • 1st / Class I – 70 or above
  • 2:1 / Class II Division I – 60 to 69
  • 2:2 / Class II Division II – 50 to 59
  • 3rd / Class III – 40 to 49

So it is important to highlight how small the margin can be between receiving a 2:1 or 2:2 degree.

 

Have you got a ‘Degree of Sympathy’? Here’s what to do with a 2.2

Some have nightmares about being seen in public naked. They’re lucky. Some can’t even get to sleep at all, because they’ve got to speak in public the next day. Some people never try anything in life because they are terrified of rejection.

Do you know what the student’s biggest fear is? Graduating with a 2.2.

Which is quite logical when you think about it, because getting a Second Class degree, of the lower orders, is like three nightmares rolled into one. It’s like a naked public declaration of your character which will lead to endless rejection.

Which is totally unfair. Maybe it’s time we re-branded the 2.2. I like to call it The Degree of Sympathy. You can judge people by their reaction to your 2.2. The good people will see the person beyond the certificate. And they are the only people worth working for.

The hard bit is finding them. The key is not to give up. Remember, those who cower in fear of rejection will never do anything. Your 2.2 – like the man in the Johnny Cash song called Sue – will be the making of you, because it gives you a daily challenge. It won’t kill you, so it can make you stronger.

Graduates tend to wallow in unnecessary self-pity and shame when they reveal their University results. They think that the 2.2 is the Degree of Doom (DoD). It’s a badge of dishonour they wouldn’t want to show their friends, let alone display it on their CV.

This is a mistake. If your mind thinks negative thoughts, your body will follow. Those who label themselves with the DoD will immediately define their experience at University as a complete waste of time and money. This puts them into extreme panic mode. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Granted, some recruiters use the 2.2 as a benchmark for limiting the number of applications they receive. Well who wants to work for someone like that? You’ve dodged a bullet there. More importantly, there are many other employers who don’t insist on a 2:1 because they value a wide range of skills and experiences demonstrated on a CV.

Yes, it’s a natural human instinct to want to be the best. But 2.2 degree is not one of the characteristics that Charles Darwin identified as the hallmark of a doomed species. A 2.2 is not the end of the world – it’s the beginning of your challenge. Think of it as the challenge that will make you stronger. It is certainly not a fail. It’s a test you haven’t passed yet.

There are hundreds of self made millionaires that left school with no qualifications at all. They didn’t let other people define them. So why should we?

Besides, university is not all about the grade – the life experience is just as important.

However, it’s by our own perception of the degree’s status that we become the architects of our own demise.

This became apparent to me whilst I was studying at University. Students would discuss amongst each other what grades they were aiming for and what they would consider to be success. Nobody defined success as a 2.2 degree. (Having said that, every man thinks he’s the best footballer on the pitch, we all think we know how to run the world and everyone thinks they sing like an angle. Humans have an infinite capacity for deluding themselves!).

Knowing I was statistically in favour of achieving a 2.2 degree I went into panic mode. I starting doing what most people do when they want all their questions answered. I turned to Google and asked it the follwing questions.

Will I get a job with a 2.2 degree? Do employers look at 2.2 degrees? Have I wasted 3 years at University for a 2.2 degree?

That was my moment of discovery. Not the answers to the questions but the fact that there are so many other people out there, just like me.

There were multiple articles and forums posted online by 2.2 Graduates who were also looking for help. Suddenly, I could see what my mission in life was to be: to make it easier for 2.2 graduates and assist them in the difficult and unpredictable stages post university. It’s fate. Helping people is what

I was put on earth to do! So I created the first ever website that focuses entirely on 2.2 graduates – What2doWitha22.com.

We aim to inspire and assist 2.2 Graduates in the difficult and unpredictable post-university stages.

This can be carried out by offering 2.2 Graduates career advice, interview tips, and job opportunities. My mission is to help you to help yourself to take on this massive challenge and emerge stronger.

Why do I believe there is nobody better qualified to help you in this mission? Because… I know your struggle. You see, I’ve got a Degree of Sympathy.

Myths About…. IT- Part 1

Myths About…. IT

 

Whatever industry you manage to blag your way into, you will find there is a massive gap between expectations and reality. In this series we aim to debunk some of the myths. You might get ‘taken in’ by the industry but at least you’ll have your eyes wide open.

I wish someone had told me about the reality gaps in the IT industry. As a gullible simpleton, I fell for every one.

 

There are too many to itemise in full, so I’ve broken them into a few broad categories.

 

Fallacy 1. This is a Logical Industry

 Nothing makes sense in the IT industry. There are more logical about turns than Alice discovered in Wonderland.

You will hear the word ‘innovation’ endlessly, witlessly, repeated. The fact that everyone clings to the same cliche proves they are anything but inventive.

This is supposed to be a bold crestive industry, but many of its employees are the most insecure, copycat yes men you will find anywhere. For 20 years the intro to every corporate film has been the same: a one minute montage of time lapsed photography showing clouds sweeping across the sky, day changing to night and a big city lighting up. Then come the words: “the world is changing”. Oh no it isn’t matey. Not in the world of IT marketing.

 

Every buzzword seems to have an opposite meaning to its conventional English use.

Take the phrase ‘platform agnostic’, which is a phrase companies use to praise themselves. Logically, you’d think that someone who isn’t sure they believe in the existence of computers (the literal meaning) is in the wrong job. What they really mean by agnostic is that they will work with everything. So they obviously don’t understand the meaning of the word, which is a tragic failure in the ‘knowledge’ industry.

 

Whenever you hear the word ‘empowered’ it’s usually applied to someone who is, in reality, being cyberbullied. For example, ‘customer relationship management’ systems are a misnomer. If there is a relationship between a shopper and a retail giant, it’s like that between a victim and a sex pest. The fact that you bought an item from this ogre doesnt mean you are ‘in a relationship’. These databases would more accurately be described as ‘customer stalking systems’, because once you give a big company your details, they will never ever leave you alone. And they will sell your information to some even nastier, creepier people too!

What do recruiters look for in a graduate?

What do recruiters look for in a graduate?

 

Essentially recruiters are not looking for graduates with years of experience, when would you have had the time? Course you get the odd student who took their summer holidays to work as interns or people who worked part time roles whilst studying. But this isn’t what has to be done, trust me, they are just exceptions.  

 

You just have to be ambitious, you have to be motivated and you have to be willing to put yourself out there to find the right role.

 

The 21st century has seen the working world and the working environment change dramatically. Gone are the days when you would be glued to your desk till the early hours of the next day to prove you were a loyal and hardworking individual. Today’s working culture is more about working smart rather than working hard. Managers are looking for candidates with that spark, the want, need and desire to do well in the next challenge and chapter of their lives.

 

STILL.

 

You need to get to that point, and that typically comes through being in touch with recruiters. So, how do you impress a recruiter? How do you get a recruiter to have ultimate faith in you, to make it their mission to get you that dream job that will basically impact the rest of your working career.

 

  1. Take time and put some effort into your CV, true, there is not going to be much content on there so every word is going to be judged and looked upon. Make sure everything is spelt right, make sure that the writing is all in the same size font, make sure there are not random bold, underlined, italic words and make sure what you are writing makes sense.
  2.  Show that you are commited. It is so important to show that you want to help yourself as much as your recruiter wants to help you. Go in and meet with your recruiter, show that you have planned out what you are looking for in your next role and you have done your research. If you want them to help you, then you need to help yourself first.
  3. Find a good recruiter and use them exclusively. Make sure you do your research, ask your friends who they used, have a look on LinkedIn – look at recommendations, look at their background and then choose one. Having just one recruiter and letting them know that you are working with only them – will mean that they can see your commitment and they will put all commitment in you. By using only one recruiter you can control where and who your CV goes to and make sure that no duplicates of your profile are ever presented.
  4. Do what you say you are going to do. If you do the above and show that you are committed make sure you stick through this throughout the process. If your recruiter has arranged an interview for you attend it, be honest and transparent about what you want.

These are the core things that recruiters look for…. Follow this step and have this attitude and you will get the right 2.2. job

 

 

How we can help 2.2 Graduates get employed

Hello! We are what2dowitha22, the first ever job board that focuses entirely on 2.2 graduates. Our website serves as a platform to connect 2.2 applicants with potential employers. Majority of students aim for a 2.1 degree or higher.

 

However, many fall slightly short and achieve a 2.2. This makes job application a lot more difficult as many employers require 2.1 candidates and above. So what happens to 2.2 candidates? When you apply for multiple jobs online, you usually get no response, no feedback –sometimes not even a call!

 

You begin to lose confidence in your ability to secure employment and doubt if your degree is good enough. By taking a look at multiple articles and forums posted online, you realize that there are a lot of 2.2 graduates with the same dilemma.

 

We know because we’ve been there! Don’t worry, what2dowitha22 will make things happen for you! We aim to assist 2.2 graduates like you in your job search during the difficult post-university stages as we are aware that many employers will be interested in hiring you. Be a part of something new!

 

All you have to do is become a 2.2 member by signing up at http://www.what2dowitha22.com, apply and get hired!