Web development, technical consultant, UX designer. Just a few of the ones that I've done.
[QUOTE=0123456543210;63177163]'Poor" a-levels is not very specific, we need grades. Also, which uni you graduated from? /QUOTE]
I got BCC for my A-Levels and graduated from City University
(Original post by doodle_333)
also, if you have never had a job or if you graduated last summer, you should get that job in kfc (or anywhere) as it's better to be employed than unemployed and it will give you experience of work
I did a work placement as a database/infrastructure administrator. The job search for that was also a pain in the ass but that story is for another day.
(Original post by Death Grips)
Would also see if you can get some sort of internship (even if unpaid) in the mean time while you search for jobs. Some experience is better than no experience.
I need a job to get experience but I can't get a job to get that experience, besides, I already did an internship.
Also, take a step back and ask "what did I do at university?". If all you did is study and get a first, great, but you are limited in the scope of what you can apply for. I was a treasurer of a society and it is part of what got me my current job. If you were the social sec of the B's netball team, look how you can apply the skills you learned to apply to an applicable job. The other thing which may be worth doing is talking to your friends who got these good jobs. What are they doing? How did they go about getting a job? And even (this relates back to the pride thing) ask if they are hiring. If they know you and think you could be good, it might just be enough to get your foot in the door.
But the thing is I never studied 24/7. I actually went out and enjoyed myself. I was the president of my society and was part of the football team at one point. This, of course I have declared on my CV so I'm not a person without any social life.
(Original post by JW22)
I'm studying CompSci so this worries me
Can I ask what languages do you know and to what level and where did you graduate from?
I know Java, C++, HTML/CSS, some PHP and MySQL. My area is more in web design though. Graduated from City University
(Original post by TheGrammarGuru)
If your degree was at a lower university, I can understand some rejections. If A-level results aren't great, leave them off. There was an excellent post a couple of weeks ago (search 'computer science graduates highest unemployment') where someone wisely mentioned most CS grads aren't specific enough for a certain type of job. Maybe you could try and develop coding and programming knowledge.
I am more of a designer than a programmer. I'd rather show my creativity in designing websites or applications than writing software code. Besides, I can't help that the university that I graduated from is crap, that's something I can't change now.
(Original post by TimmonaPortella)
As I said then, if you thought that a degree alone would get you anywhere you were misinformed. This may not be your fault, but it is the unfortunate fact.
Extra curriculars are important. Experience is important. Without either, you will struggle to find employment. If you have decent things to say for each and you still aren't getting what you want, you're doing something wrong.
I am probably lacking in the experience department, though having said that I did do a placement year so it's not like I have never worked. That is my only job though.
I guess the recurring feedback from this thread is lack of experience but I don't really want to get a job just for the sake of gaining experience. The reason I did a placement year was to do just that!! I am already 23 years old and I haven't done anything with my degree yet.