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    How would employers see a 1st class degree from Manchester (in physics) compared to, say, a first class or a 2.1 degree from Cambridge (in natural sciences) or Imperial (physics)? Would they see more or less in the same light or not?
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    (Original post by bobbricks)
    How would employers see a 1st class degree from Manchester (in physics) compared to, say, a first class or a 2.1 degree from Cambridge (in natural sciences) or Imperial (physics)? Would they see more or less in the same light or not?
    I would assume after you have passed the auto-filter, they probably don't bother that much, except you maybe enter some niche company, where everyone has been to the same university. World-wide Imperial and Cambridge are probably better known, but at the end as soon as you intend to stay in your field of study this becomes negligible, as it is then more important, which professor you had and how much interaction your department had with your chosen destination and how the research is rated.

    You have a first, be proud of it and I honestly don't think the fact you did not went to XXX will cause any problems, maybe only your confidence in the the interview. At the end it is important what person you are and what you are able to do, not your university. (Only maybe if you compare Cambridge to some totally subpar physics department, then, yes, it will be harder to get a job.)
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    Which employers? Majority won't really care, some won't see beyond 'Cambridge' and that'd give you a boost, some will assume a first from Manchester is harder to achieve than a 2:1 at Cambridge and you'd have some benefit, some will take the opposite view and a very small minority of companies (predominantly start-up) will throw your application in the bin unless you've been to Oxford or Cambridge, or not even advertise the jobs except on Oxford/Cambridge's careers website.

    People definitely put too much weight on university (even in careers like investment banking where there is a supposed set of 'target universities') - the reality is just that the kind of people who are good enough to get into Oxbridge/Imperial and the like, are also the kind of people employers want, they aren't employed on the mere basis that they attend said universities. There are some people at both Oxford and Cambridge who aren't anywhere near as employable as people at other universities (especially outside of research).
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    A friend worked for Goldman Sachs and Credite Suisse after getting a 2.1 from Manchester so I think its OK. He wanted to go to Cambridge but just missed the grade. He is a teacher now.
 
 
 
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