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Anyone with experience of recruiting graduates please can you help me

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Sharingeverything Thu 13-Mar-14 20:38:59

I am 36 and in my second year of a three year degree, I would like to get on a professional graduate scheme when I graduate but don't have the UCAS points that many ask for. I am currently on track to achieve a first and this is my first degree. Am I just deluding myself that a graduate scheme is a possibility for me and should I focus my job hunt elsewhere? Thank you.

Chasinglemons Fri 14-Mar-14 08:21:48

Firstly congratulations on being on track for a first! :-)

Our firm recruit graduates, but not through a large 'scheme' as such, and I'm involved in CV sifting / interviewing / offers. It may be worth investigating why they have this requirement - whether for further qualifications once in the scheme (I recall some finance-related graduate schemes that had minimums due to the ongoing exams) and whether a particular pre-degree qualification is really what is key for them (e.g. our firm strongly filters on Maths A-Level. We have found interviewees without a certain grade struggle & don't pass through the interview stage).

TheWomanWithTheMysteriousLump Fri 14-Mar-14 08:37:46

Smaller firms will probably be more flexible - I look at degree location, subject and class (and also filter on maths A level as it happens) and don't really fuss about whether someone screwed up on German, but the downside is that they won't have such a formal training programme. OTOH is a big programme with lots of early 20 somethings really the right place for you anyway?

glorious Fri 14-Mar-14 17:31:31

Civil Service fast stream is definitely open to graduates of any age (as should they all be, in theory, cos it's the law smile )

nothingfancy Fri 14-Mar-14 18:26:09

Civil Service fast stream is open to anyone of any age with the appropriate qualifications - which is basically a degree - nothing else matters.. Our department is recruiting 200 people a year, for a fairly tough four-year course. We've just done the assessment centres for this September's intake. Next year's intake (starting Sept 2015) will start in October/November with online tests. Keep an eye out on and also look at individual departments.

kate1516 Tue 18-Mar-14 14:10:56

I know a lot of the accounting firms have UCAS + degree level requirements however they do also sometimes offer alternative routes. PwC have something called inspired talent where you are considered on other merits than just grades. I don't know too many details but I don't think the door has closed on your getting a graduate job at all. You might just need to hunt around for some of the slightly less well known routes.

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