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    I don't understand why pre-degree qualifications seem to be as important to employers as the graduating degree and classification. In the past year I've graduated from The OU and have been looking for grad schemes to apply to, but so many of them aren't interested in candidates unless they have 320 UCAS points and a degree (I'm not sure if we even had 'UCAS points' when I was in Further Education).

    My assumption is that it's an employers market and they use UCAS points to filter out those of us who haven't taken a traditional academic path. Is that the case or am I just taking a jaundiced view?
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    It's a nice way of saying that they don't want you if you went to a **** uni.
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    (Original post by jsp_1983)
    I don't understand why pre-degree qualifications seem to be as important to employers as the graduating degree and classification. In the past year I've graduated from The OU and have been looking for grad schemes to apply to, but so many of them aren't interested in candidates unless they have 320 UCAS points and a degree (I'm not sure if we even had 'UCAS points' when I was in Further Education).

    My assumption is that it's an employers market and they use UCAS points to filter out those of us who haven't taken a traditional academic path. Is that the case or am I just taking a jaundiced view?
    I think for many its an easy way to cut down on the number of potential applicants, as the numbers applying are so great now. Secondly some employers think that those who did well at A-Level too = the most clever= those who will do best in the job. There are plenty of graduate roles outside graduate schemes though.
 
 
 
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