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    Hi, so I'm looking for a grad analytical type role (Data/Analyst/Finance etc) with little luck so far after dozens of applications. I have had interest from a few customer service roles I've applied to as I have former CS experience (so my CV's ok). I don't really want to go into a customer service role though until I've absolutely given up on the grad job hunt.

    I've just graduated from a top Uni with a 2.2 in a STEM subject. I'm well aware that the 2.2 is preventing me from applying for a great deal of these roles as they're competitive.

    Anyone got any advice as to what I could do?
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    (Original post by Lanthanum)
    Hi, so I'm looking for a grad analytical type role (Data/Analyst/Finance etc) with little luck so far after dozens of applications. I have had interest from a few customer service roles I've applied to as I have former CS experience (so my CV's ok). I don't really want to go into a customer service role though until I've absolutely given up on the grad job hunt.

    I've just graduated from a top Uni with a 2.2 in a STEM subject. I'm well aware that the 2.2 is preventing me from applying for a great deal of these roles as they're competitive.

    Anyone got any advice as to what I could do?

    If you aren't even getting to interview (to say 2-3/10 applications) then either you haven't got the basic skills, or you are writing ineffective applications.

    If you are getting to interview and not getting an offer, then you are competitive, you need to ask for feedback and home down on what is missing, and focussing on filling that gap.

    Try and find a middle ground that gives you some of the workplace analytical skills you are missing (or whatever the feedback suggests) and the roles you want. Look local, but think broadly - what companies need to analyse data (clue - most of them, and it's a rapidly growing area of work) and start bookmarking companies that have advertised those sort of roles recently, find specialist recruiters. Learn how to filter sites effectively so you only see relevant adverts (area/salary/experience etc) so you can set up a comprehensive, but routine and consistent search.

    Avoid the bulk recruiters like Monster, Reed, etc, you may find more opportunities, but you are up against much greater numbers of opposition and you can only make generic applications, which weakens your personal position.

    Never 'give up' or you will always be a shop assistant (unless that's what you want), adapt and move your position, ie don't just look at financial institutions, consider charities, universities, manufacturers, advertising etc
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    If you aren't even getting to interview (to say 2-3/10 applications) then either you haven't got the basic skills, or you are writing ineffective applications.

    If you are getting to interview and not getting an offer, then you are competitive, you need to ask for feedback and home down on what is missing, and focussing on filling that gap.

    Try and find a middle ground that gives you some of the workplace analytical skills you are missing (or whatever the feedback suggests) and the roles you want. Look local, but think broadly - what companies need to analyse data (clue - most of them, and it's a rapidly growing area of work) and start bookmarking companies that have advertised those sort of roles recently, find specialist recruiters. Learn how to filter sites effectively so you only see relevant adverts (area/salary/experience etc) so you can set up a comprehensive, but routine and consistent search.

    Avoid the bulk recruiters like Monster, Reed, etc, you may find more opportunities, but you are up against much greater numbers of opposition and you can only make generic applications, which weakens your personal position.

    Never 'give up' or you will always be a shop assistant (unless that's what you want), adapt and move your position, ie don't just look at financial institutions, consider charities, universities, manufacturers, advertising etc
    Thanks for the reply.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with my applications. I've trawled through every single piece of advice on the internet regarding CV's, cover letters and application forms. I'm getting interviews for customer service positions (because I have previous customer service experience) and this proves my applications are fine, just not for anything related to my degree. It's the lack of experience and 2.2 that are causing me issues.

    What you say about bulk recruiters like Monster etc though, where else are you supposed to look if not for online job boards? Do you just mean smaller scale online job boards? Most of these seem to be linked to the bulk recruiters though.
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    (Original post by Lanthanum)
    Thanks for the reply.

    It's the lack of experience and 2.2 that are causing me issues.

    What you say about bulk recruiters like Monster etc though, where else are you supposed to look if not for online job boards? Do you just mean smaller scale online job boards? Most of these seem to be linked to the bulk recruiters though.
    2.2 may bar you from making apps to a fair number of places but you can land good grad schemes with a 2.2 + good A Levels and some work experience.

    Please do check, as I'm working from memory, but I think there are civil service schemes that will consider people with a 2.2. I think some of the big 4 accountancy firms will consider you as well, so have a look.

    Job boards aren't always the most effective way of landing a role, at least not the kind you're after (but don't discount them entirely). What I would do is to speak to your uni careers service. They'll be able to perhaps recommend firms willing to take on applicants of your background.

    Use August and September effectively to prepare for the milkround. If possible, go to your uni careers fair (relevant industries ofc), I'm sure your careers service will welcome recent grads.

    Any work experience is pretty much good work experience, just gotta spin it the right way and most industries will be receptive. Good luck.
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    (Original post by Lanthanum)
    What you say about bulk recruiters like Monster etc though, where else are you supposed to look if not for online job boards? Do you just mean smaller scale online job boards? Most of these seem to be linked to the bulk recruiters though.
    Directly to organisations. There must be some practical/interest boundaries on what you can do. Reduce the competition by going straight to company/organisation websites and bookmarking them. It would take a week of a few hours an evening bookmarking the jobs pages of organisations and companies or specialist recruiters in sectors you are interested in and have some leverage in (your degree subject, charities, education etc) and then search them on a regular basis. You cut down on the sheer volume of competition and you can tailor your application much more effectively.
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    I have to agree I have just graduated with an 2:2 but I'm still getting interviews, then again I do have an internship among many of activities and strong A level also contributes to getting interviews. I suggest that you try to do internships at Fintech and Start-up companies even if it's unpaid/part time, it's rough but the only thing that will set you apart from other graduates with a 1st and a 2:1 is experience.
 
 
 
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