The propaganda is that graduating from university is the first step to making the world your own; the world is your oyster. However, this idea can become stressful when you graduate with a “Desmond,” otherwise known as a 2:2. With big companies and popular postgraduate courses requiring a 2:1 and above, it’s not surprising that students feel that it’s game over at the age of 21. But there is no need to despair. The following steps will help you take control of your situation and find your success, even with a “Desmond”.
Self-reflection and honesty
Before you can begin planning what you should do next, it’s important to do some self-reflection. Honest self-reflection is a skill that you will need to progress through life. Without it you will find yourself going in circles and stalling in making a plan of action. In short, you will be going nowhere fast. There are any number of reasons why you may have ended with a 2:2 as your final result. These reasons range from not enjoying your degree to not finding a healthy work-life balance. Whatever the reason, it’s important, to be honest with yourself and to be prepared to be asked about it once you get that graduate interview.
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Written by Craig Poku