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Importance of a 2.1

 
#1 Importance of a 2.1
21/07/2004 00:42

I'm a student at the LSE pursuing a BSc. degree in Accounting & Finance.

My individual module scores for my first two years have been disappointing, and average on a high 2.2.

However, I am quite confident that in my final year I can graduate with at least a 2.1 if not a 1st.

Thus how do I present my qualifications when applying for graduate positions this October? I'll only recieve my final results in July 2005.

While I have a good number of internships behind me, none are in consultancy.

An option I'm considering is doing a MSc. in Computer Science at Imperial or MSc. Management & Risk Regulation at LSE.

Any suggestions on how I can get to the interview stage with these results?

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#2 wait a year!
21/07/2004 08:19

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com)

In short I would say wait a year and don't make any applications this year. If you get a 2.1 or a First in your finals this is all you need to put on your CV (firms very rarely ask about your results in earlier years, and at the end of the day your most recent performance will be the main determinant of how they view you).

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If you apply to the main firms right now, you are likely to get only a couple of interview offers at best - there will simply be too many Oxbridge and LSE candidates with I / II.I results that will catch the eye at your expense. If firms have rejected you once it will make it that much harder to be accepted in the future, so you are better off not starting to apply until you can put your best foot forward.

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Having said this, do take the opportunity to attend careers fairs, company presentations, etc. while you are in your final year at LSE. There will never be a better time for you to get to meet the firms and decide which you like best. But spend the time you would have spent on applications and interviewing... on making sure you get a First or 2.1 in your finals!

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As to what to do in the intervening year, you want to have something worthwhile on your CV for this time period. MAs typically enter consulting firms at the same level as BAs, so I would not take this option unless you have a particular interest in the subject you will be studying (and so are doing it for personal interest rather than as a career move).

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The single biggest thing you could do to enhance your CV to appeal to consulting firms is to get yourself a(nother) foreign language you are pretty fluent in. A year spent say in France or Germany really improving your language skills will get you a lot further than an MA in a similar subject to that which you've already studied.

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Hope this is useful advice and good luck with your career move

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#3 Re: wait a year!
21/07/2004 19:00

LSE Beaver

Dear Tony,

Thanks for the advice I really appreciate it.

Thing is I'm an international student, so I don't think it'll be easy to reapply after a year, having left the UK. Though I may be wrong about this?

So I'm seriously considering the MSc. as I'm interested in Computer Science anyway.

Another option I'm considering is to take any job I get in Advertising - though I doubt it'll make moving easy after a year if I the job doesn't provide me with much scope.

Any views on applying from outside the UK, or the advertising option, would be helpful.

Once again, thank you very much for your help. :)

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#4 Re: wait a year!
22/07/2004 23:29

Recent Graduate

My experience is that on your CV you only have to put your expected grade - actually you don't have to put anything on your CV if you don't want to! If you're predicted a 2.1 and your academic reference will attest to that then you can put 2.1 expected on your CV. In all my consulting interviews I was never asked what my results for my first two years were and to my knowledge none of my references, academic or otherwise, were contacted (not even by the firms who eventually offered me a job). If your tutor agrees you should be getting a 2.1 then that should be fine and your first two years probably won't disadvantage you even if you apply before your finals.

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#5 Re: wait a year!
24/07/2004 16:09

LSE Beaver

Sounds like good advice, thanks so much for your help. :)

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#6 Re: Importance of a 2.1
24/07/2004 16:12

LSE Beaver

Anyone else have an opinion?

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