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Entry requirement for grads(UK) -Do I have a Chance?

 
#1 Entry requirement for grads(UK) -Do I have a Chance?
23/08/2004 16:55

UniGuy

Hi. I have just received my A-level results. I have got AABC.

Economics and Geography (A), English Lit (B) and Maths (C). Unfortunately I missed my offer to read Economics at the University of Nottingham. I have met a consultant and found him very interesting, since then I have wanted to become a consultant for a decent firm.

Now I will be reading Economics at Birmingham (or Manchester as I'm bein considered). Both are very good but do not command as much respect as Nottingham et al.

What do you guys think, if I go to say Birmingham and attain a 1st class (alongside playin uni sports) will I have a chance at a decent firm. By decent I mean one which is known to insiders and offers good projects to graduates and not Mckinsey cast-offs. Salary isn't a big thing to me but hey starting between 25k and 30k sounds great.

Do I have a chance. What do you think I could do to further my prospects, change uni's after a year maybe?

Any insight you can offer will be greatly apprecated.

Thank you.

If posssible could you e-mail me at ruffriderdmx@hotmail.com (I know the address is laughable but its one I use for people I don't really know, got it from my hip-hop loving phase in school)

Please head the e-mail as 'Consulting Prospects'.

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#2 Re: Entry requirement for grads(UK) -Do I have a Chance?
26/08/2004 06:40

Jo

Dear Uniguy,

I used work for 2 consultancies in the UK and was heavily involved in graduate recuitment for one of them. My best advice would be to get some good work experience with either a recognised name consultancy/accountancy/bank/blue chip in a relevant role. A couple of summers work or even a year out working will show that you are researching the career areas you are interested in and that you are serious, and may even get you an offer if you perform well.

Whilst at university do some things that demonstrate the following: teamwork, leadership, problem solving, creativity, initiative etc

eg sports, get involved with societies, the student union, drama, debating - anything ! Try to be captain, on a committee, or responsible for organising something or setting-up something rather than just being another team member all the time.

I would not try and change university once I had started my degree. More useful for you would be to do an exchange year in an overseas university and learn/improve a language as well as studying your subject rather than swapping universities in England. Languages are always useful in consulting so you widen your options and could work on projects in other countries wherever your skills were needed.

Hope this helps and good luck

Jo

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