Hi all, first post here so apologies if I’m doing something wrong.
I have recently graduated with a 2:2 degree in economics from uni of sheffield and am looking to apply for an accounting graduate scheme, as you’ve already guessed though, I’m having issues with the 2:2 part as the majority of firms ask for a 2:1. There are a very small number of firms that accept a 2:2 and even then, they are either not recruiting at this time or are already full, etc…
My question is that is there any hope for me at all for applying and getting an interview for a firm that asks for a 2:1? I know I don’t have any hope for the big 4 or any large significant medium sized firms too, ideally I am looking for a small or small-medium firm to employ me and pay for my ACCA or ACA exams.
I figure that the only way I can convince them to even interview me is by explaining on my application form that despite my 2:2, I am still a suitable candidate for the job but this is the part I’m having problems with. I don’t have any specific reasons for not getting a 2:1 or anything really, the only approach I’m really able to take is that I had an eye opener during my university years and am now a new man, with a different approach to my degree and career… The way I’m making this work is by saying I had a few domestic issues which led me to failing 3 modules in my 2nd year and when I retook them, they were capped at 40. This meant I had to work extra hard in my final year to salvage anything out of my degree, and I managed a 2:2 out of it.
I was wondering if anyone here would be able to offer any advice on what else I could say or do to improve my application form/convince the recruiters that I’m not a total failure? Or am I doomed? If it helps, I’ve managed the 300 ucas points bit, it’s just the 2:2 that’s holding me back.
Many thanks in advance for reading.