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Advantages and benefits of getting a First Class University Degree

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    (Original post by jneill)
    Your opening gambit was effectively: I'm a First Class Degree student, I haven't bothered applying for any grad schemes and I want to go on holiday because my First Class Degree entitles me to a job of my choosing at a time of my choosing.

    Which kind of opens you up to some incoming don't you think?

    If you have a 1st + ECs + a willingness to work hard you'll be fine.

    Otherwise, not so much.

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    Yeah the way I started this thread may have not interpreted what I was exactly thinking.

    Don't get me wrong, I have experience and a life and I am willing to work hard

    (Original post by PQ)
    Oh and in answer to the never ending questions about "what are employers looking for?"



    Are worth a read

    As is https://www.gov.uk/government/upload..._web__May_.pdf (especially page 46)
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    This is amazingly helpful.

    The big4 accounting firms don't care whether you get a 2:1 or a First. Neither do most actuarial firms. Neither do a lot of engineering firms. Neither do the big investment banks. Some MSc courses do ask you for a First: for example, I think it was either Oxford or Imperial which preferred First class degree holders if their subject was maths related instead of straight maths (for their mathematical finance MSc).

    Other than for certain further study destinations, it really doesn't matter which one you get. Obviously you should aim for a First if you can do that without sacrificing other portions of your CV like extracurricular activities which show the non-technical skills which employers want. First class does come with bragging rights amongst your peers and family members.

    I haven't read all the response to the thread but I'm guessing a lot of people before me said this...

    Most employers look for communication, teamwork, leadership skills and awareness of the career (I.e. work experience) above anything else. These skills are best shown through extracurricular activities such as leading a society, playing a sport and volunteering/fundraising. This plus a 2:1 will get you good prestigious jobs.

    (Original post by shawn_o1)
    "Always willing to recruit"

    Biggest porky pie you will ever hear. Unless it specifically states in the job requirements (most are happy with 2:1 or higher), you having a First Class degree means nothing. It's all down to how you conduct yourself in the interview,.
    Depends on the field? What's your degree actually in?
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    (Original post by Lawliettt)
    Depends on the field? What's your degree actually in?
    Computing with Networking

    (Original post by samklipas0)

    So I recently got my results and was awarded a First Class Degree.

    I have not applied for any graduate schemes or jobs as I really want to go on holiday. A recruiter told me not to worry and to enjoy myself for a while - as companies are always willing to recruit a First Class student.

    I am fairly new to the graduate game and so I want to know some of the advantages or benefits of having a First Class Degree


    No benefits. nothing to gain
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