(Original post by Toda)
After reading some Graduate Vacancy requirements e.g. S&T, would you think that to get a seat at that coveted desk on a trading floor would require a first class degree?
No, to put it simply.
In most cases, your degree grade is a formality to get through the initial application process... does this candidate meet the minimum requirements (a 2:i degree classification)
In terms of then actually landing the job, it's much more down to fit, what you have done outside your degree (work experience, previous internships, extra curricular activities, volunteering, sports etc), your performance in the interview/assessment centre, did the interviewer actually like you, a huge range of other factors
Candidate A with a 1st class degree is not automatically going to have a better chance then candidate B with an upper 2nd class degree
If candidate B has more extensive relevant experience, performed better in the interview process, and appeared a better all round character than candidate A, then the degree classification would be largely irrelevant.
I would imagine only in a small number of circumstances would degree classification have an influential role in the decision making process... e.g. 2 very similar candidates, who performed equally well, one with a high 1st class honours vs a low/mid 2:i, that may carry some sway, but
generally it is not a vital requirement of landing a job in IB/S&T/AM etc
That being said, it's always better to have a 1st on your CV than a 2:i, but don't expect to be able to rely on having a 1st to land you a job in what is an extremely competitive industry