The debate still rages as to whether the increase in 2.1 and 1st degrees are the result of tutors being under pressure to award inflated grades in the face of significantly increased tuition fees or students working harder because of them. That aside, the fact remains that the differentiation that used to result from securing a high university grade is no longer there. At SuperGrad, a graduate’s degree grade has always been far from the most important judging criteria, choosing instead to look beyond someone’s degree to see what they have actually been doing with their life. Sport, entrepreneurial activity, societies, genuine life struggles and so on give us a far more accurate picture of what someone is truly like and capable of.

This is why we always recommend that students stop looking at university as a place to get a degree and instead see it as an opportunity to gain a wide variety of life experience. We all know that universities offer many options besides the courses; there is often an incalculable number of societies and sports teams that you could join (or set up and run if it doesn’t already exist), and importantly the time to get involved in anything else you can think of.

Working alongside your degree is not only becoming essential to keep a cap on the rapid accumulation of debt, but it is also a great way to demonstrate to any future employer that you have a good work ethic. Then there is the choice of what job to do. We see many students taking any job they can get. While this is great, there are usually options that would more effectively support their progression into a career of choice. For example, if you know that you want to end up in a sales-related job like recruitment or headhunting (what we focus on at SuperGrad) why not get yourself a sales job whilst at university? It might sound simple, but this conveys a lot more to a potential employer than simply your work ethic. Not securing yourself a sales job whilst at uni and then coming to a job interview saying that sales is something you want to do as a career is a bit like saying you love live music, but when asked if you have been to any gigs recently, then admitting that you have never seen a live band in your life.

Ultimately, those students who grasp the wider opportunity that university provides will transition much more easily into a career that they really want. Conversely, those that wait until their degree is over before they really start getting pro-active about their future will find themselves in a sea of similar candidates struggling to demonstrate why an employer should hire them over anyone else. It is undoubtedly a more challenging world out there for graduates, but also a world full of much greater opportunity. For those candidates who are committed to building a trailblazing sales or recruitment career in the city, contact the SuperGrad team now and we will be happy to help you plan your route through to success.