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What Jobs Can You Get With a 2:2 Degree?

26 March 2019
Zara Woodcock
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Getting a 2:2 degree might feel like the end of the world, but it’s not. You might have aimed for a higher grade, but obstacles sometimes stop you from a 1st degree. It may feel like all jobs look for a 2:1 degree or higher, but trust us, they are not. Even if they ask you what grade you got, your personality and talents are a lot more important. You can still land that dream job and pursue a career in your ideal industry, you just need to know where to look. Have a look at what graduate jobs we have.

Can I apply for jobs with a 2:1 minimum?

Yes. Always. It is true that some companies actually enforce their 2:1 minimum, but many use that as a front to cut through the number of applicants they receive on a daily basis. It comes down to perseverance. If you want the job and know what you are doing,  then go for it! What’s stopping you? If it doesn’t work out, building up a CV filled with good work experiences will help you get a foot in the door of desirability.

In the end, real-world experiences and knowledge are a lot more important than what degree you received.


Improve your CV

It is not necessary to put your grade on your CV. As long as you have your qualifications and institution put down, the rest is unimportant. Once an employer has read through all the great work you have done, your 2:2 won’t matter so much.

Make sure your CV is well-written with a good design. Try to do something extra to catch the employers attention. For example, complete an online course or learn a new skill that the university didn’t teach you. Look hard at the experience you have outside of your degree, whether it is work experience or hobbies. If you’re lacking in the work experience department, now is the time to freelance or apply for an internship.


Work Experience and Graduate Schemes

As mentioned previously, having a lot of good internships will help you get the job you wanted. You will have to balance your grades with great work. Make sure the work experience you are getting is relevant to the career area you are applying for. Have a read of some of our guides on work experience and internships:

Network Your Way In

Now is the perfect time to think about any contacts you may have gained during university, work experiences, or in everyday life. Pick up the phone, drop them an e-mail, or contact them via social media – whichever way you contact them doesn’t matter, as long as you get the word out there that you’re looking for a job. You never know you might get lucky and be offered interviews or more contacts.

Your main aim now is to get yourself out there and show the post-uni world what you’ve got!


Who is guaranteed to accept a 2:2 degree?

There are endless employers who look for talented graduates like yourself. They are not just interested in your degree classification, but your talent and personality. Some of the United Kingdom’ biggest companies employ 2:2 graduates, including:

  1. Apple
  2. HMRC
  3. Google
  4. Boots
  5. Metropolitan Police
  6. Royal Air Force
  7. The ‘Big Four’ accounting firms (PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte)
  8. John Lewis

This list doesn’t mean that only these companies hire 2:2 graduates, it is simply here to show you the many options you have. No matter what, don’t let that 2:2 degree stop you from applying to every and any job you want, even if it requires a 2:1. You never know, you might end up getting the job and become better than the 2:1 candidate.

Stop viewing your degree as a hindrance. There are many people out there who do not have a degree at all. Be proud of everything you have accomplished and stop thinking a degree calculates your value or success. It doesn’t, you do.