Job hunting when you get a 2.2

With the increasing level of competition for graduate roles and those daunting entry requirements of ‘ 2:1 or higher’ it’s no wonder that the pressure is on. But, have faith in the fact that it is not the end of the world if you don’t get that 2:1. There is some flex in this seemingly inflexible system.

Some of the most popular and sought-after companies will happily take a graduate with a 2:2 - although, it just might not be the easiest process. No matter what degree result you got, or what area you studied in, you will manage to get your dream job regardless!


Accountancy firms

The Big 4 - EY, Deloitte, PwC and KPMG - were notoriously known for only accepting candidates with a minimum of 2:1. While they may look at other qualifications like UCAS points along with degrees and experience, they have recently become more flexible in their recruiting approach. So have some faith in the world - you still might fulfil your dream of being a big swanky accountant.


Financial services, retail banking or insurance

Typically, graduate recruiters across financial services are looking for 2:1s, but there are some exceptions. For example, HMRC’s - tax accepts a minimum of 2:2, GAB Robins - accepts a minimum of 2:2 for its graduate development programme, and Nationwide - accepts graduates with a 2:2 if they hold a Masters too.



There are a number of engineering employers that accept graduates with a 2:2. For example, Jaguar Land Rover typically does so while Babcock and National Grid accept 2:2s for some of their graduate schemes.


Construction, civil engineering or quantity surveying

Some do not specify a minimum degree result or are willing to consider graduates with 2:2s for their schemes - some of these include AECOM and Amey.



If you want a career in property but have a 2:2 then there are a few steps you can take to boost your chances. Try to strengthen your application by seeking property-related roles in industries like retail or transport, also consider applying to smaller firms.


IT and technology

Most businesses, in a variety of fields, commonly have IT and technology roles. Opportunities for graduates with 2:2 degrees are generally within organisations where their main business is not IT. However, if working in an IT company is your focus, then some recruiters’ graduate IT schemes are open to 2:2 candidates who ALSO have a masters.


Public sector

The public sector is another avenue for graduates to consider. Employers ranging from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to the NHS will consider your application.


Retail schemes

Many retail recruiters will take graduates with 2:2s, however, they may require relevant degree subjects for some roles.


Hospitality, leisure and travel

Employers in the hospitality, leisure and travel sectors consider relevant work experience to be of greater importance. So do not focus on degree results or classifications.