I am very interested in joining the big 4 for consultancy or IT related audit (graduate positions).
I probably do not fit the mould as a normal graduate applicant in that I am nearing completion of my PhD which offers significant relevant experience and skills for the service lines I am applying to (but not enough for me to apply as an experienced hire).
Prior to this I have an MSc in Finance and Management, and I achieved a 2:1 in a top10 university.
Problem are my A-levels!! they do not meet the criteria for the big4. My A-levels were due to family bereavement and consequent family problems.
I understand that firms still allow me to apply and mention these circumstances, but I want to know what extent they would still approve my application.
My applications are very strong, I spend a lot of time answering the questions, my knowledge of my service line is excellent and I get everything checked with my careers advisor. However, in the past I have always been rejected for jobs I want and know I will be good at. And the only weakness in my application are my A-levels. 2:1 check, work exp check.
I wish to get your advice on this? sometimes I have more faith in applications which require just a CV as this really highlights my strengths. Everytime I see “A-levels” in an application form, my heart sinks. Esp if theres no space to explain the circumstances. I am 26, and I did my A-levels 8 years ago now, since then I have excellent academic achievements. If I was 35 and still wanting to apply to do ACA gradauate programs, would I still have this problem?
Have any of you got through the initial stages by not meeting their requirements??
Any advice is recieved with thanks…