It’s widely considered by graduates that a 2.2 degree means that your entire university degree has been a massive waste of time and money. As they receive the 2.2 grade of doom they imagine all the doors to great graduate careers closing in their faces. But this really isn’t the case.
There are tons of outstanding opportunities available to 2.2 degree graduates and with the right attitude and ambition they can often out-perform many of their “academically-superior” counterparts in their future careers.
While some of the biggest, crazy-competitive graduate schemes can demand a 2.1 or above, the vast majority of employers are interested in much more than academic grades. What’s often more important is whether your skills, experience and personality suit the role that they are recruiting for.
So if you’ve got a 2.2 degree, or feel that you are on course to achieve one, here’s 4 things that you should know:
1. There’s No Need to Hide Your 2.2 Degree Grade
You should still include your 2.2 degree mark on your CV and if you don’t you will be asked during the application process anyway. There’s no point trying to cover it up or imply that you have a better grade, it’s best to just list it outright. Not having your grade on there will simply bring more attention to the fact that you didn’t get a 2.1 and it can be frustrating for employers if it is not included.
2. Self-Reflection is a Great Attribute
You should reflect on why you got a 2.2 and have an answer ready if employers ask the question. If there were mitigating circumstances it’s ok to say so, or if it just wasn’t the course for you then explain why. You should be able to show an employer that you understand what the problem was, have learnt from it and know what you would have done differently.
3. You are More Than a Grade
Always remember that there is so much more that you can offer an employer than just an academic grade. Emphasise your activities outside of education and demonstrate what skills you have acquired from these in your CV and at interview.
4. You Don’t Need to Compromise
A 2.2 degree shouldn’t stop you from having the career that you want and it also doesn’t mean that you can’t apply for jobs that state a requirement as a 2.1. If your skills and experience are a great match to the role then an employer is likely to consider you.
Ultimately employers consider much more than your academic grades when assessing your application. If you’re a great candidate then they would be foolish to rule you out solely because of a 2.2 degree grade!