So your degree result was disappointing?

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If you’re reading this you may be feeling that your world has turned upside down because the degree result you were expecting didn’t happen. Maybe the result was a complete shock, or maybe you have known for a while that getting a 2:1 was not going to happen.

In this post I am going to signpost you to some useful advice on how to pick yourself up, take stock and get a game plan together.

Firstly, the University of Cumbria’s Careers and Employability service is open throughout the summer, so make an appointment with one of the careers advisors. This can be a face-to-face, telephone or skype meeting.  We can talk through your options, help you put together a plan and help you market yourself positively to a potential employer. To make an appointment email: careers@cumbria.ac.uk

Secondly, there are some really useful articles online which are definitely worth reading. ‘How to job hunt if you get a 2.2′ in Target Jobs  provides lots of information on a wide range of sectors and organisations who have a more flexible approach  to degree classification.

The Guardian suggests graduates target smaller companies and those who focus on extra-curricular skills. Smaller companies are often less bothered about degree grades and may, in fact, offer you the chance to gain a wider range of experience and responsibility more quickly.

Rozina Zazur writing in the Telegraph says graduates should ignore the 2.1 myth as many employers place a higher value of work experience. Remember you are more than your degree and many employers recognise that.

Finally, try and keep firmly in your mind the fact that there are many people who didn’t do particularly well at university but who have gone on to have highly successful careers. One of the most inspirational messages about the importance of failure was given by JK Rowling. Check out her speech to Harvard graduates. It’s definitely worth a watch and you’ll feel so much better.

 

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