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    Before economic meltdown happened, how easy was it to get on a grad scheme, could the average grad get in; let say someone with a 2:2 from a uni in the middle of the league tables, fair extra-curriculars and a bit of experience. What would be the chances? Or was it still very competitve?
    It's just that at the moment I am wondering if it is worth going to a mid-tier uni in September if there is no chance of getting a grad job afterwards.
    Thanks everyone! :cool:
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    no-one??
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    It was certainly easier, for at least two reasons:

    1. The market was booming and firms were hiring more graduates

    2. Each year students come out of university with ever more internships and extracurriculars, as part of the 'arms race' for stacking up their CVs.

    To expand a little on your options, I think it's perfectly possible to get a graduate job from a mid-tier university, although it will be tough to get into certain fields such as investment banking. If your life literally hinges of getting into these professions, you could choose to do a gap year (or two), retake your A Levels, and reapply for better universities.
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    (Original post by cruciform)
    could the average grad get in; let say someone with a 2:2 from a uni in the middle of the league tables,
    Nope. The 2.1 hurdle was just as much in place.
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    The competition was around 30 to one, now its over 50 to one.
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    Not too sure why I got negged here...
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    (Original post by cruciform)
    what?! was this at pre-crisis economic levels? Surely there must be plenty of grad jobs to go around back then, otherwise if the odds were 30 to one, what do the rest of the grads who don't get onto the grad schemes do?
    People apply to more than one grad scheme, say 10 ish.

    They get grad jobs (ie not grad scheme jobs), or get non grad jobs.
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    (Original post by cruciform)
    You mean jobs that require a degree but that are in smaller companies.
    Yes, or the same company but not on the grad scheme.
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    (Original post by Quady)
    People apply to more than one grad scheme, say 10 ish.

    They get grad jobs (ie not grad scheme jobs), or get non grad jobs.
    I always wondered that. Say I don't get a job with a top 50 accounting firm despite having a couple of internships and a first (at least so far, but I may end up coming out with a high 2.1) so far but lack the competencies (like leadership or whatever) the big firms ask for, where do I exactly get a job? I was planning on doing a couple of ACCA exams after I graduate so I have some accounting knowledge - will that make me more employable at the smaller firms?
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    You can get promoted the same as someone who doesn't have a degree, but unlike that person you won't hit a ceiling when your lack of qualifications prevents you progressing further.
 
 
 
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