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    I took my A-Levels in 2011 and got BBC, in Maths Physics and Product Design. I went into study a a degree in Engineering in which i got a First. I then did an MSc in Economics at the University of Surrey in which i got a Merit.


    After the stumble of my A-levels I've been on the right track academically, and there's no doubt if I had the attitude towards education in 2010/11 that I have now I'd have done exceptionally better. But grad scheme employers don't have a box to put your excuses for poor performance, you just get rejected.


    I want to apply for jobs as a business/data analyst, but because of my A-levels I always get rejected immediately. Should I just lie on my application form, then just hold my hands up and be sincere if I get caught?
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    I took my A-Levels in 2011 and got BBC, in Maths Physics and Product Design. I went into study a a degree in Engineering in which i got a First. I then did an MSc in Economics at the University of Surrey in which i got a Merit.


    After the stumble of my A-levels I've been on the right track academically, and there's no doubt if I had the attitude towards education in 2010/11 that I have now I'd have done exceptionally better. But grad scheme employers don't have a box to put your excuses for poor performance, you just get rejected.


    I want to apply for jobs as a business/data analyst, but because of my A-levels I always get rejected immediately. Should I just lie on my application form, then just hold my hands up and be sincere if I get caught?
    Apply for organisations that don't have an A-level requirement. There are enough of them out there.

    Or look at non-graduate programme roles who won't have these type of requirements.

    Absolutely no point in lying. Any organisation that has these requirements will need you to provide documentation at some point, whether it's at interview or post offer. Any offer would be rescinded when (not if) they found out you lied. At that point it's not necessarily the grades that are the issue, it is the fact you have lied. Your integrity is then in doubt and that makes you a very less attractive candidate.


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    But grad scheme employers don't have a box to put your excuses for poor performance, you just get rejected.


    I want to apply for jobs as a business/data analyst, but because of my A-levels I always get rejected immediately.
    You aren't getting rejected as quickly as you'll get rejected from a scheme if they find you lied about your A levels. And after that, you really would struggle to break into a career role.

    You aren't being 'automatically' or blindly rejected, you are getting rejected either because the applicants taken forward have more than a first and a Masters (more relevant degrees, stronger unis, stronger experience etc), or because of some other aspect of your application (grammar, style, lack of detail, no breadth, poor evidence etc).

    Try making contact with organisations first, make a call and have a discussion if there is a contact on the advert. If there is any opportunity not to complete A level info, leave it out and see what happens. Make a brief explanation in your covering letter. There are many more ways to resolve the situation than simply lying.
 
 
 
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