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    I study Psychology at Northumbria University, an ex poly and to be honest I love it. The teaching for my subject got 22/24 so you can't say the teaching is poor.

    What I was thinking though, say I went for a job with a 2.1 from my Uni, but was against someone from Newcastle Uni who got a 2.2 then surely they wouldn't give the Newcastle Uni graduate the job over me, if we had the same experience etc?

    Call my naive or idealist or whatever, but this doesn't seem fair If thats the case what the point of me doing my 3rd year?!
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    What a level grades did you get because on average the peeps from newcastle university will have greater a level points per student.
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    (Original post by nas7232)
    What a level grades did you get because on average the peeps from newcastle university will have greater a level points per student.
    I only got 3C's, kinda messed about at college, which I regret now :blushing: but are A Levels still really important?!

    OMG I think my future is screwed then :eek: :bawling:
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    I think it depends a lot on the job you apply for when you graduate. Top companies will generally be more interested in where you went to university than others. Even so, if you and another applicant had the same experience, you got a better class of degree and the only way they were better is that they went to a better university, I would have thought you'd get the job.
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    Its likely the Newcastle person will get the job becuase they would have better A levels and so would be more rounded. It can also be argued that a 2:1 from an ex poly is the same standard as a 2:2 from Newcastle but thats a different debate and nobody really knows the answer to it.

    There are two many factors involved. A degree from Northumbria is a lot better than nothing, a 2:1 is very good no matter what university you go to. Complete the third year.

    Your personality and personal skills will make a bigger difference to you getting a job. I wouldn't worry about it to be honest.

    PS A Levels are still important, but your degree is really what counts.
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    A 2.1 from Northumbria the same standard as a 2.2 from Newcaslte :eek: Hows that? You still need to know 70% of the course for a first etc. Awww I really am screwed now :bawling:

    I will do the 3rd year, I just feel a bit down about it, when no matter how well I do, I might suffer through my choice of Uni, even if I do think my Uni is fab

    The thing is I wasn't really aware of all this when I applied for the different Uni's, if I did I might have chosen a more prestigious Uni and not messed about for my A Levels and stuff.

    Oh well, thats life I'm happy where I am and have loads of mates, so I'll just enjoy my final year I guess.
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    when applying for a job all these factors will be considered, if the difference between you and someone else is purely down to how respected their uni was then i guess it could be the deciding factor.

    However how the interview goes, experiance, class of degree etc are all going to play big parts so i wouldn't worry about it.
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    (Original post by * gemchicken *)
    A 2.1 from Northumbria the same standard as a 2.2 from Newcaslte :eek: Hows that? You still need to know 70% of the course for a first etc. Awww I really am screwed now :bawling:

    I will do the 3rd year, I just feel a bit down about it, when no matter how well I do, I might suffer through my choice of Uni, even if I do think my Uni is fab

    The thing is I wasn't really aware of all this when I applied for the different Uni's, if I did I might have chosen a more prestigious Uni and not messed about for my A Levels and stuff.

    Oh well, thats life I'm happy where I am and have loads of mates, so I'll just enjoy my final year I guess.
    Yep the grade bounderies are the same, but the content often differs. I got a 2:1 from Salford, I very much doubt I would have got this from Oxford.

    There is more to university than just getting a peice of paper, and if you get your 2:1 thats still am amazing acheivement.
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    Having a degree is one part of the process of getting a job - most employers in the public, and increasingly in the private sector, will operate a recruitment policy based on person specifications and job descriptions, i.e. how well does the individual candidate measure up to the criteria we're looking for? Having been involved in extensive appointments, my own experience for what it's worth is that none of the bodies I've appointed for (schools, voluntary groups, arts organisations, local authorities and national bodies) have ever given any consideration to where the degree was from - it was about if you were a graduate, and sometimes if you had a good honours degree. The essential differences between candidates were extra experience, confidence and issues uch as communication skills, organisation and the ability to work as part of a team.
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    You could do a masters at another university to give you more of a chance?

    (Original post by AT82)
    Its likely the Newcastle person will get the job becuase they would have better A levels and so would be more rounded. It can also be argued that a 2:1 from an ex poly is the same standard as a 2:2 from Newcastle but thats a different debate and nobody really knows the answer to it.

    There are two many factors involved. A degree from Northumbria is a lot better than nothing, a 2:1 is very good no matter what university you go to. Complete the third year.

    Your personality and personal skills will make a bigger difference to you getting a job. I wouldn't worry about it to be honest.

    PS A Levels are still important, but your degree is really what counts.
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    (Original post by * gemchicken *)
    I study Psychology at Northumbria University, an ex poly and to be honest I love it. The teaching for my subject got 22/24 so you can't say the teaching is poor.

    What I was thinking though, say I went for a job with a 2.1 from my Uni, but was against someone from Newcastle Uni who got a 2.2 then surely they wouldn't give the Newcastle Uni graduate the job over me, if we had the same experience etc?

    Call my naive or idealist or whatever, but this doesn't seem fair If thats the case what the point of me doing my 3rd year?!
    My parents went to an ex-poly and still got employed for a 40,000 quid per year job, and they got a good degree classification. In my opinion, I would employ a person with a good degree classification no matter what university they attended, as they know there stuff well.

    I am going to an ex-poly university. The graduate salary is 18,000 something, and some graduates went onto good jobs and companies to work in. Therefore, I hope I would be employable in the future.
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    (Original post by trev)
    My parents went to an ex-poly and still got employed for a 40,000 quid per year job, and they got a good degree classification. In my opinion, I would employ a person with a good degree classification no matter what university they attended, as they know there stuff well.

    I am going to an ex-poly university. The graduate salary is 18,000 something, and some graduates went onto good jobs and companies to work in. Therefore, I hope I would be employable in the future.
    The situation has changed significantly since then.

    As for the bold bit... you may do this, but you are not an employer and this is an extreme rarity if an employer does this especially in competitive jobs.
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    (Original post by twiga)
    You could do a masters at another university to give you more of a chance?
    But would be accepted at a good Uni? Wouldn't it just be the same as going for a job? When they see I didn't go to a prestigious Uni then they might not accept me?

    Cheer me up!
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    I don't think a masters will do much good unless you already have a job/commercial experience or you need it for the job you want to go into.
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    (Original post by AT82)
    I don't think a masters will do much good unless you already have a job/commercial experience or you need it for the job you want to go into.
    If I want a job in Psychology, I'll need to specialise, through a Masters, it's just I never really thought the Uni I went to would have that much of an effect on things.
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    (Original post by * gemchicken *)
    If I want a job in Psychology, I'll need to specialise, through a Masters, it's just I never really thought the Uni I went to would have that much of an effect on things.
    Not sure, but i think masters for psychology is competitive as so many people do a psychology degree. Your a levels will be a factor in your application, you could try and get experience and aim for a 1st.
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    (Original post by nas7232)
    Not sure, but i think masters for psychology is competitive as so many people do a psychology degree. Your a levels will be a factor in your application, you could try and get experience and aim for a 1st.
    I'm not clever enough to get a first :bawling: I'm too thick

    But thanks for the suggestion hunny :hugs:
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    (Original post by * gemchicken *)
    I'm not clever enough to get a first :bawling: I'm too thick

    But thanks for the suggestion hunny :hugs:
    You can't be thick if you can get a 2:1 . Go for the 2:1 and get some experience too, i'm sure you will be ok. Good luck
 
 
 

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