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    I really need some advice.

    I am in a low-paid dead-end job. I went to selective schools, was highly ambitious, intelligent and my future looked bright. I then, for the following reasons, went on to achieve poor A Levels and a poor degree:

    1. I suffered badly from social anxiety throughout secondary school, as well as an eating disorder. The social anxiety went untreated.
    2. I didn't study subjects that I enjoyed or which were my strongest, at A Level
    3. I had a problematic year abroad, which left me ill, and had a negative impact on my final year performance.
    4. I did a LOT of extracurricular activities - none of which were relevant to my degree or A Levels.

    However, it seems to me that most jobs and almost all of the grad schemes that are available, require a 2:1 and sometimes a certain number of UCAS points.

    How can I prove myself, given that I don't have the required grades?

    Is there any point in applying and sitting the aptitude tests (if possible)?

    How can I explain my problems to employers without putting them off?

    I went to an assessment day for a Sales Graduate Academy. I was successful in every area, apart from the interview. However, as I scored the highest mark that the recruiters had seen in 16 years, they invited me back for another interview.
    I didn't think that I wanted a career in sales however, so I didn't try during the interview.

    What I am trying to say is that I am capable, but I fear that most employers, would take one look at the grades and bin my applications.

    Less than a third of graduate recruiters use UCAS points as a minimum requirement. Over three quarters will ask for a 2.1 degree though, so this is going to be your main sticking point. There are plenty of organisations that do recruit without asking for a 2.1 though. This might be a useful starting point: https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-adv...n-you-graduate

    Also look for non graduate programme roles. Many companies will want a graduate for an entry level role, but won't have a formal programme behind it. They will recruit often recruit on an ad-hoc basis for such roles and often there is less academic requirements.

    Don't just apply if you don't meet the grade - you are wasting your time. Even if you get to do the online tests, you'll just get rejected at the next stage where you don't meet the minimum criteria. However you can state your mitigating circumstances, if you can provide proof (particularly an academic reference). Your best bet is to speak to the recruiters directly to explain you don't meet their minimum criteria, and that you have mitigating circumstances to your grades (you don't have to detail what they are at this stage) and ask whether they recommend that you apply.

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    I think Lloyds Banking Group accept candidates with a 2.2 now and one or two of the Big 4 I think no longer look at degree classification either.

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