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Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

Graduate opportunities with a 2:2

Many organizations do stipulate a 2.1 as part of their graduate scheme entry requirements but not all. In fact there is a wide variety of graduate training programmes open to graduates with a 2.2 degree. The Civil Service Fast Stream is perhaps the most high profile example of a 2.2 graduate scheme but opportunities exist across all sectors. Your options will be narrowed slightly but if you are prepared to expand your search, and think outside of the most familiar graduate recruiters, there are some excellent opportunities to be found.

It is also worth noting that graduate schemes, primarily with large, blue-chip organizations, constitute only 20% of the graduate job market. The wider graduate job market is difficult to define but consists of graduate trainee posts and entry level roles, often with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In this context academic performance is important but there is not necessarily the same rigidity in respect of entry requirements. Irrespective of the type of opportunity that you are applying for, all employers will expect graduates to present a well rounded profile demonstrating a high level of employability.

For more information and examples of employers, please see the following links:

Targetjobs web pages - 'How to job hunt if you get a 2.2 when you graduate'

Career Opportunities with a 2:2 - Presentation slides from one of our careers talks, including examples of employers who will accept a 2:2