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(Original post by xyz94)
By the highest-earning professions; investment banking (finance in general), consultancy, law (magic circle firms, barristers' Chambers)....
There are several law recruiters on here that say that is not necessarily the case. The only thing for which I have seen it be consistently the case is IB.
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There are several law recruiters on here that say that is not necessarily the case. The only thing for which I have seen it be consistently the case is IB.
There may be exceptions, but I haven't heard of anyone getting into a Magic Circle or American law firm with a degree from an ex-poly (e.g. Liverpool met, Manchester met, Lincoln, etc etc).
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I just have to come back to this thread because just tonight I got a place on a master's course purely based on the fact that I got a first, no references, no interview, no work experience asked for, no personal statement written.
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There may be exceptions, but I haven't heard of anyone getting into a Magic Circle or American law firm with a degree from an ex-poly (e.g. Liverpool met, Manchester met, Lincoln, etc etc).
Mm, you might be right. I'm not au fait with the details of staff alma maters, I suppose.

Not too surprising in one of these cases, though; 'Liverpool Met' does not exist!
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Do you honestly think someone with a 1st class degree wouldn’t have the upper hand advantage over someone with a 2:1 when applying for the exact same job? Aim to have everything better than the competition, your degree being one of those things.
No I don't think so
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Mm, you might be right. I'm not au fait with the details of staff alma maters, I suppose.

Not too surprising in one of these cases, though; 'Liverpool Met' does not exist!
Well, it's called 'John Moores' now....Used to be called 'Liverpool Metropolitan', I think.
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Well, it's called 'John Moores' now....Used to be called 'Liverpool Metropolitan', I think.
No, it was Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts, and later Liverpool Polytechnic.

Liverpool Met is a cathedral :laugh:
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No, it was Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts, and later Liverpool Polytechnic.

Liverpool Met is a cathedral :laugh:
Haha, well I don't know the names of all the ex-Polys!
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Haha, well I don't know the names of all the ex-Polys!
To be fair, I only know because I'm a local :laugh:
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To be fair, I only know because I'm a local :laugh:
Fair enough. Some of the ex-Polys have changed their names in recent years, in an attempt to distance themselves from the 'Poly' image, but it doesn't really work because everyone knows who they are!
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I just have to come back to this thread because just tonight I got a place on a master's course purely based on the fact that I got a first, no references, no interview, no work experience asked for, no personal statement written.
Is it funded?
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Is it funded?
No, my subject area is notorious for lack of funding for master's.
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Okay, but you will look terrible on your CV when you've done 0 volunteer work or societies and just spent all day studying.

Shows lack of interest and time management skills.
I've just graduated with a first and have loads of volunteer work.

You're showing a lack of ambition. If you can't be arsed putting the effort it then settle for your 2:1, but you sound like you'd be just as happy with a 2:2 so go for that?
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I want to be an academic and go into a research career, so I need the best grades to secure the best studentships and funding.
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Because this is TSR and people compare their grades like their comparing their penis size.

'look he has a first so hes got a massive penis.'
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I just finished year 11 but the reason I can think of is personal satisfaction. We are all driven to get the best grades at school and I think it’s the same at university. With the amount of work that people put into uni they would want something to show for it. Basically, people want a first so they can be the best
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This makes me feel kind of ashamed because I'm struggling to even get a 2.1
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It's a better grade
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(Original post by APersonYo)
Okay, but you will look terrible on your CV when you've done 0 volunteer work or societies and just spent all day studying.

Shows lack of interest and time management skills.
You can do both. Especially if you’re good at time management 😉
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