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So I just graduated with a third class degree in Actuarial Science from Loughborough, but I have no idea where to go from here. To be honest, I was out of my depth in my final year and it was all too much, 2nd year was fine but 3rd year bombed hard and here I am.

What am I supposed to do now, I'm genuinely lost with absolutely no sense of direction. I just don't know what comes next. I clearly can't get into a graduate scheme so that's that.

Is this the end for me, do I just deal with the debt I got myself into and work at the local grocery store or something. I have no idea what to do.
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isnt the answer going into actuary
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isnt the answer going into actuary
That's going to be very hard considering the amount of people who will be applying with first and second class degrees when this person has a third.
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Maybe try and get into a masters degree on something relevant? Then your 3rd class degree won’t matter too much when you’ll have a masters degree to show for it.
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Hey there!

You definitely have some options left out there. Definitely, don't give up, make sure you're doing what makes you happy!

Have you thought about applying to some related jobs that don't necessarily a degree in, as that way you could work your way up through the company?
Have you considered an apprenticeship in Actuarial Science?
Have you looked on indeed.com for jobs in Actuarial Science or related disciplines?
Have you considered completing a teaching qualification, to go on to teach Actuarial Science?

I hope this gives you some more options that you hadn't yet considered!
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Maybe try and get into a masters degree on something relevant? Then your 3rd class degree won’t matter too much when you’ll have a masters degree to show for it.
I could be wrong but even the lowest ranking Unis require atleast a 2:2 to progress onto a Masters.

The OP said them-self that 3rd year (Level 6) took them out their depth, recommending they apply onto a Level 7 course isn't really the best advice. :P They'd most likely be even more out their depth and scrap a pass or outright fail.
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Hey there!

You definitely have some options left out there. Definitely, don't give up, make sure you're doing what makes you happy!

Have you thought about applying to some related jobs that don't necessarily a degree in, as that way you could work your way up through the company?
Have you considered an apprenticeship in Actuarial Science?
Have you looked on indeed.com for jobs in Actuarial Science or related disciplines?
Have you considered completing a teaching qualification, to go on to teach Actuarial Science?

I hope this gives you some more options that you hadn't yet considered!
Harriet
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Is a photography student an actual thing? 🙄
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I could be wrong but even the lowest ranking Unis require atleast a 2:2 to progress onto a Masters.

The OP said them-self that 3rd year (Level 6) took them out their depth, recommending they apply onto a Level 7 course isn't really the best advice. :P They'd most likely be even more out their depth and scrap a pass or outright fail.
Well a third class degree is a 2:2 so he’d be alright?
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Well a third class degree is a 2:2 so he’d be alright?
I don't think you quite understand the Uni grades system in the UK.

1st - 70% aka '1st class honours'
2:1 - 60% aka 'upper second class honours'
2:2 - 50% aka 'lower second class honours'
3rd - 40% aka 'third class honours'
Fail - <40% aka 'you done fudged up'

A 2:2 is the grade above a 3rd my friend
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Well a third class degree is a 2:2 so he’d be alright?
Where on earth have you got that from? That's not true at all. Degree classes are first, 2:1 (upper second class), 2:2 (lower second class) and third.
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So I just graduated with a third class degree in Actuarial Science from Loughborough, but I have no idea where to go from here. To be honest, I was out of my depth in my final year and it was all too much, 2nd year was fine but 3rd year bombed hard and here I am.

What am I supposed to do now, I'm genuinely lost with absolutely no sense of direction. I just don't know what comes next. I clearly can't get into a graduate scheme so that's that.

Is this the end for me, do I just deal with the debt I got myself into and work at the local grocery store or something. I have no idea what to do.
Do you want to work in something actuarial?
Are you interested in other areas?
Go speak to the uni's career service (they help recent grads)
Consider things like the armed forces if minimum wage jobs don't seem appealing at the moment.
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I don't think you quite understand the Uni grades system in the UK.

1st - 70% aka '1st class honours'
2:1 - 60% aka 'upper second class honours'
2:2 - 50% aka 'lower second class honours'
3rd - 40% aka 'third class honours'
Fail - <40% aka 'you done fudged up'

A 2:2 is the grade above a 3rd my friend
Ah okay my bad... in that case the OP should just go into a lower-paying job within his field and work his way up from there. Experience is key, it’s not all about the degree classification! But yes, now you’ve pointed out that a third class degree is just a pass but below 50% then yes, it’s quite **** and you probably won’t be able to carry onto a masters degree knowing you won’t be able to keep up. A trainee job somewhere would be the absolute best, even if it’s minimum wage! Need to start from somewhere!
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(Original post by DissolvedSafely)
So I just graduated with a third class degree in Actuarial Science from Loughborough, but I have no idea where to go from here. To be honest, I was out of my depth in my final year and it was all too much, 2nd year was fine but 3rd year bombed hard and here I am.

What am I supposed to do now, I'm genuinely lost with absolutely no sense of direction. I just don't know what comes next. I clearly can't get into a graduate scheme so that's that.

Is this the end for me, do I just deal with the debt I got myself into and work at the local grocery store or something. I have no idea what to do.
Hi DissolvedSafely,

As someone else in the thread mentioned, I would suggest going to the Careers service, as they offer help for graduates and they may be able to give you suggestions that you might not have thought about yet. They have an online service that you can register for, that also may be of help.

What I will say is that it definitely isn't the end of the world to have achieved a third, you still have a degree. Employers often want more than just academic qualifications anyway, they're likely to look at your experience and you as a person - how you'll fit in with the work environment.


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I don't think employers are going to ask you what class your degree is but you could always do a masters degree part time. Also people with a first class degree find it difficult to get a job so don't worry.
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I don't think employers are going to ask you what class your degree is but you could always do a masters degree part time. Also people with a first class degree find it difficult to get a job so don't worry.
Saying to someone that got a 3rd class degree that even if he/she had gotten a 1st you probably wouldn’t find a job either doesn’t convey lots of confidence. The OP would feel worse because if it’s hard to get a job with a 1st then he’s doomed with a 3rd. I think the OP will be alright, just need to get into an entry level job and work his way up!
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Probably not the most helpful answer but perhaps working in another country is an option? A British degree is valued highly in many parts of the world
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I don't think employers are going to ask you what class your degree is but you could always do a masters degree part time. Also people with a first class degree find it difficult to get a job so don't worry.
Most employers will ask you what grade you achieved in your degree
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don't be a jerk
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don't be a jerk
But it’s a valid question
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But it’s a valid question
a question you already know the answer to, which you have asked rhetorically and sarcastically, is not a valid question
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