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07/11/2013

How do First Class, Second Upper, Second Lower, and Pass graduates compare in the job market?

For the first,a nd possibly the second job, the grades may affect your chances of getting a job. For example, since many top employers rreceive thousands of applications for any given vacancy, they may put a minimum requiremnt of an upper second class degree for the job. This is in most part not because a graduate with a lower qualification will nto eb able to do well on the job, but because the HR department may simply want to trim the number of applicants to manageable levels, before furtehr trimming the numbers using an aptitude test, personality test, then an interview. For some employers for example, like the big four accountancy firms, PWC, Deloitte, Ernst& Young, and KPMG, without As and Bs on your transcript, it is almost impossible
that they will employ you. However, there are also other employers that don't give a damn about what grades you got in Campus.
For such employers, what will matter most will be how you express yourself, and your performance in the aptitude,a s well as the interviews. For jobs that are technical in nature, such as programming, or say technical drawing and design, then a final grade on your certificate may not truly reflect your abilities on the field, and as such , many employers would want to give you a practical test. However, for the second, third, and subsequent jobs, the work experience,and the skills you bring to the employer become much more important than the grades in campus.

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