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6. Frequently asked questions

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A lot of graduate recruiters accept applications from candidates with a 2:2 so you will still have a lot of options.

Read our careers blog posts about how to get a job with a 2:2.

SMEs (small, medium sized enterprises) are also more flexible and may not even specify a degree classification.

Speculative applications can uncover the hidden job market in SMEs.

Find out more about making speculative applications in the Careers blog.

There is no specific deadline so if you would like to apply for a graduate scheme after a period of further study, training or travelling for example, this is still a realistic option – these experiences can often develop your employability skills as well.

Our most popular sites with both students and employers are:

Job sectors will also have specialist sites for their respective roles and professions.

Employment agencies can offer temporary, flexible work that can provide opportunities to gain experience and develop your CV whilst continuing your graduate job search.

Search for agencies at Recruitment and employers confederation.

Temporary work, volunteering and additional training courses can all develop employability and help you to stand out when making applications.

Information is available from the Immigration & Compliance team for international students who have graduated and are now seeking to work in the UK.

See also the following resources:

The application process can be frustrating and disappointing but try not to take rejection personally. All applicants experience this and it doesn’t mean you will not be successful next time.

Reflect on what you could have done differently and try to learn from each application. The employer may also provide feedback.

Keep in touch with the careers team to get some expert, impartial advice on how to improve your cover letter, CV and interview technique. But above all, persevere and keep trying.