Hey there Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Advice to students with a 2:2 degree, on getting a job

Announcements Posted on
The Careers section needs more moderators! 21-04-2014
Post on TSR and win a prize! Find out more... 10-04-2014
Interview discussion rules - please read before posting! 12-01-2013
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Hi guys,

    It's very likey when I finish my Computer Science degree, i'm going to end up with a 2:2. There's going to be other students like this, doing computing/IT related degrees, who will end up with a 2:2.

    I was wondering if anybody here can tell us what type of jobs we can apply for that accept applicants with a 2:2 degree. Or jobs that are just satisfied with computer/IT related degree 2:2 and above.

    Also people who came out of university with a 2:2, please tell us your experience with finding a job.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Bump.
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by My Dog Ate My Homework!)
    Hi guys,

    It's very likey when I finish my Computer Science degree, i'm going to end up with a 2:2. There's going to be other students like this, doing computing/IT related degrees, who will end up with a 2:2.

    I was wondering if anybody here can tell us what type of jobs we can apply for that accept applicants with a 2:2 degree. Or jobs that are just satisfied with computer/IT related degree 2:2 and above.

    Also people who came out of university with a 2:2, please tell us your experience with finding a job.
    I feel for you. I got a 2:2 in Geography and never used it. Thanks to the lovely labour government encouraging so many of us to go to Uni we now have a glut of students with degrees. I have a friend whose daughter got a 2:2 in Law and thought she would become a solicitor. She has realised the hard way that " even people with firsts from Cambridge are not getting jobs"

    However lets not be too negative. I am assuming you are young. Have you been to the "milkround". There are uni job fairs and national job fairs. Have you looked on the internet for graduate trainee positions. You are close to London - you many need to move there. Decide which area of IT you want to work in and get a job - no matter how menial in the right company and when appropriate jobs come up you are there. Take on voluntary work - for example teaching IT to further education students or become a teaching assistant. Have you had your CV looked at - is it professional. What else can you offer - languages; programming etc. A job will not land in your lap. Get a suit; get a haircut. Remember - you have to be the one to stand out. Your 2:2 is still a degree but it will not be the best degree HR will see. You have to therefore sell YOURSELF and make people realise how wonderful and confident you are. I wish you luck.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by My Dog Ate My Homework!)
    Hi guys,

    It's very likey when I finish my Computer Science degree, i'm going to end up with a 2:2. There's going to be other students like this, doing computing/IT related degrees, who will end up with a 2:2.

    I was wondering if anybody here can tell us what type of jobs we can apply for that accept applicants with a 2:2 degree. Or jobs that are just satisfied with computer/IT related degree 2:2 and above.

    Also people who came out of university with a 2:2, please tell us your experience with finding a job.
    Just tell your prospective employer you are predicted a 2:1. They will never ask for what you actually get.
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I applied of a role in business and technology at Unilever although I expect a 2:1 I saw on their requirements they accepted 2:2s
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by squeakysquirrel)
    I feel for you. I got a 2:2 in Geography
    Some may say 'mentally handicapped', I prefer the term 'handi-capable.'
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Anything you have been able to demonstrate throughout your degree, such as involvement in extra-curricular activities, part-time work, and community affairs matters equally if not more than your final marks, depending on your circumstances. Any projects you might have worked on, such as software you have released to the public, is a major bonus.

    Employers want to hire individuals who are likely to stick around, and I recommend taking the approach that you intend to stick around. In a competitive job market, showing both commitment and determination is comforting for employers when they decide to hire individuals.

    If you are really excited about a particular company, research about them, attend their open days, if any, and contact their recruitment team and see what you can do to learn more about them. Your potential work ethic and ability in the professional workplace is not and should not be determined strictly by your marks, so maintain confidence and work with what you have.
    • 10 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    It's who you know, not what you know.

    I got a 2:2 (albeit not in IT/computing) and I got my job, including training contract, because my boyfriend worked with a guy whose sister worked with the lady who is now my boss.
    • 27 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by squeakysquirrel)
    I feel for you. I got a 2:2 in Geography and never used it. Thanks to the lovely labour government encouraging so many of us to go to Uni we now have a glut of students with degrees. I have a friend whose daughter got a 2:2 in Law and thought she would become a solicitor. She has realised the hard way that " even people with firsts from Cambridge are not getting jobs"

    However lets not be too negative. I am assuming you are young. Have you been to the "milkround". There are uni job fairs and national job fairs. Have you looked on the internet for graduate trainee positions. You are close to London - you many need to move there. Decide which area of IT you want to work in and get a job - no matter how menial in the right company and when appropriate jobs come up you are there. Take on voluntary work - for example teaching IT to further education students or become a teaching assistant. Have you had your CV looked at - is it professional. What else can you offer - languages; programming etc. A job will not land in your lap. Get a suit; get a haircut. Remember - you have to be the one to stand out. Your 2:2 is still a degree but it will not be the best degree HR will see. You have to therefore sell YOURSELF and make people realise how wonderful and confident you are. I wish you luck.
    THIS! Good post.

    A mate did get a 2:2 but got a job just after he graduated. He did Computing. So it's not all that gloom and doom.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    It is possible to get a job in IT off the back of a tutu.

    When I came out of uni I was promised that getting a job in IT would be easy, came out slap bang in the middle of the recession no real idea of what it is that I actually wanted to do.

    Got a 2 week volunteering stint at a school which led to working for half a year on the free for my current company, they took me on and 2 years later I'm working within the 2nd line role supporting a lot of major projects.

    My big thing to you would be to get yourself IT related certifications. If your going into support, do the ITIL foundation- employers really value that.

    Finally, keep trying, I applied to well over 300 jobs and received about 20 replies of which I got maybe 10 or so interviews. At the time I wasn't the most motivated individual but if you want to reach your goals you'll do all it takes.

    Best of luck but remember it can be done!
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    There's a NFU Mutual IT Professional Trainee Scheme for anyone with a 2:2 in any Subject.. if you're in the midlands, it's not bad at £23k start! I'm just about to post seeing who else has gone for it..

    Not many open out there for 2:2, I'm struggling to not just be stripped right out by automated processes.. like IBM's... lovely! Ahem.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I know this is late, but thanks for the replies fellas.

    I've actually got my final grade today and it's a 2:2. I've already had two interviews before I got my grade (and possibly two more in the future). Lets see how things go.

    I noticed there's quite a few internship roles that last for 3 or 6 months, that take graduates with computing/IT degrees, without specifying a particular grade.

    Maybe some graduates might want to take a look at these websites:

    http://uol.itssystems.co.uk/UOL/index.asp
    http://step.stepenterprise.co.uk/jobsearch.asp
    http://www.milkround.com/
    http://targetjobs.co.uk/it
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    National Grid. I believe they have IT grad jobs and reqs are only a 2:2.

    Boom!
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I got a 2:2 in Maths and got a job from my first interview, although I did have to send out about 10 applications to get it.

    Trick is when you apply for a job you can't send out a generic CV with "I'm a good problem solver etc", it needs to be very tailored towards the company you're working for and you must sell yourself as much as you can. For example I once for about 20mins looked at an SQL tutorial online, however this turned out on my CV as "sound basic knowledge of SQL". Not a lie, but an exaggerated truth.

    Number one rule is NEVER LIE ABOUT FORMAL QUALIFACATiONS, but some elements can be exaggerated.

    Plus to echo what has been said above, ALWAYS wear a nice full tailored suit with tie, a shortish haircut (not long and greasy), nice shoes, no viewable tatoos or piercings. Appearance is 50%, ability is 50%
    • 27 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by dom99)
    Not a lie, but an exaggerated truth.

    Number one rule is NEVER LIE ABOUT FORMAL QUALIFACATiONS, but everything else can be exaggerated.
    How is that not digging you in a hole of trouble in future?
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by kka25)
    How is that not digging you in a hole of trouble in future?
    Obviously you don't lie, but exaggerating like saying "I have basic knowledge of blah blah" is fine if you can back it up with something. If I said I am highly skilled in writing C++, when I know next to nothing about it, obviously it wouldn't work
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    SQL and other skills that could be demonstrated in an interview is not something I would exaggerate.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by dom99)
    Obviously you don't lie, but exaggerating like saying "I have basic knowledge of blah blah" is fine if you can back it up with something. If I said I am highly skilled in writing C++, when I know next to nothing about it, obviously it wouldn't work
    Employers are very good at weeding out these applications. Even if you say that you have a 'sound basic knowledge' of something, that's not going to stop them from testing you on it and if you don't fit the standard they are looking for, then better luck next time son.

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?

    this is what you'll be called on TSR

  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?

    never shared and never spammed

  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By completing the slider below you agree to The Student Room's terms & conditions and site rules

  2. Slide the button to the right to create your account

    Slide to join now Processing…

    You don't slide that way? No problem.

Updated: July 29, 2012
Article updates
Useful resources

Quick Link:

Unanswered IT and Technology Threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups
Reputation gems:
You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.