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What do you think? If someone told you they got a 2:2 degree, would you say they achieved something important in their life?
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it's all about what you do with it.

if you graduate with a 1st but you become long term unemployed it's not much of an achievement.

if you graduate with a 2.2 but get onto a good grad scheme then it's an achievement.
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I wouldn't really know. For some people, it is genuinely what they are capable of. In that case, awesome - well done. For some it would be an underachievement. It is contextual.

I'd have been gutted with a 2:2, personally.
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What do you think? If someone told you they got a 2:2 degree, would you say they achieved something important in their life?
no. unless they overcame significant adversity
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Yes, in the same way that taking a poo is an achievement.
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Yes, in the same way that taking a poo is an achievement.
Actually laughed :laugh:
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It can be, if you're able to get your foot in the door. Although you will likely spend a lot more time working your way up than your counterparts with a better degree. That being said, once your foot is in the door. If you show competence & work ethic, there is no reason you can't end up in front of those that did better than you at uni. Believe it or not, most people will see more than just a grade when you are in their face every day.
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no. unless they overcame significant adversity
why do I feel somewhat inclined to agree with you
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What do you think? If someone told you they got a 2:2 degree, would you say they achieved something important in their life?
It depends on the degree, the uni and when they graduated.
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It depends on the degree, the uni and when they graduated.
Why does it matter when they graduated?
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Grade inflation
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Someone holding down far bigger commitments than a degree and getting a 2.2 is a far bigger achievement than someone who doesn’t have to do anything but study and who is achieving a first.
What are those commitments?
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If you have good transferable skills then yes
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Who cares.

You must be deeply insecure to worry about whether or not someone else is going to judge you for being proud of a grade.
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Well it depends. I'm not proud of my 2.2 degree but tbh considering everything that happened in the run-up to and during my Finals, and the fact that I only revised for half of one exam out of 6, it's an achievement I got a degree at all
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(Original post by Berryboy01)
What do you think? If someone told you they got a 2:2 degree, would you say they achieved something important in their life?
TBH if I got a 2:2 I would not be very happy with myself. I got a 2:1 and still currently looking for work. However some employers require you to have obtained a minimum 2:2 but not all.

The fact is a 2:2, 2:1 or even a 1st does not automatically get you a job which I found out really late. Work experience and skills VERY important.
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(Original post by Berryboy01)
Why does it matter when they graduated?
1sts and 2.1s are far more common than they were twenty years ago.
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Loads of different things.

Know people who hold down more hours than a full time job and then also do a full time degree

Know people who care for family members (whether kids, parents or other family)

Know people who commute up to two hours each way to get to their uni

Know people who do competitive sport at an international level and hold down a degree

If you are a student whose only commitment is your degree, and you get a first, that isn’t an achievement.
What if you had family problems? eg not getting along with your dad or mom.
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These things are on a spectrum.

There’s not getting on with your mum or dad and it having no impact on your studies at all. There’s people who have been kicked out of home and are homeless who it does impact.

Like most of these things, trying to quantify them and say someone is more deserving of respect because of X or Y is a bit mental.
I think you've been reading Take a Break too much. Everyone's life turned into a sob story.
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Haven’t even got a clue what you are on about.

Anyone who thinks it’s as simple as going a 2.1 means this and a 2.2 means that is an idiot though, whether there’s a “sob story” or not behind it. It’s threads like this that make me wonder why I even bother on here.
It was the comment you made about a first not being an achievement, unless your ma was kidnapped by ISIL during your final exams, that got the Take a Break comment.

But obviously, there are people who have struggled through a degree and they deserve credit for it. That doesn't mean you have to **** on people who have a normal life, who have also managed to do something worthy of praise.
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Of course it’s an achievement.
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