IT graduate schemes you can apply for with a 2.2 degree
If you end up with a 2.2 in your computer science degree or a non-IT subject, don’t panic. Whether you want to become a software developer, tester, cyber security specialist or work in IT support, it’s still perfectly possible to launch a successful career. However, you’ll have to widen your search beyond the obvious IT companies to find your first role.
Jobs in IT, technology and telecoms companies with a 2.2 degree
Most major IT, technology and telecoms companies demand a 2.1 degree. While they may be prepared to consider genuine mitigating circumstances for not achieving this – for example illness or bereavement – they are unlikely to want to consider your application if this isn’t the case.
However, you can apply for graduate technology roles at BT with a 2.2 if you also have a postgraduate degree.
Some employers, such as Fidessa, have in the past had different requirements for different roles.
Atos prefers candidates to have a 2.1 degree but will accept 2.2s in conjunction with relevant work experience or supporting evidence of your interest in the type of role.
Capgemini says it doesn’t automatically rule out applicants if they haven't achieved a certain grade.
FDM Group doesn’t specify a degree grade.
It is also worth investigating smaller, local employers who may receive fewer applications and therefore be less picky.
IT jobs in engineering and energy companies with a 2.2 degree
Engineering companies are well worth considering for graduate IT jobs if you have a 2.2 degree. Many run IT graduate schemes and, unlike the IT sector, you’ll find a good number of big-name employers who aren’t hung up about whether candidates have a 2.1.
- Centrica’s information systems graduate programme accepts applicants with a 2.2, if they have a masters degree.
- Jaguar Land Rover’s software product engineering graduate programme has a 2.2 degree minimum requirement.
- Siemens’ IT graduate scheme has previously accepted graduates with a 2.2 into some roles.
- Network Rail accepts 2.2s for its IT and business services graduate scheme.
IT jobs in investment banking with a 2.2 degree
The finance sector employs many IT graduates but most recruiters look for at least a 2.1. However, a couple of employers don't specify a degree grade, and they are financial data provider Factset and asset management company BlackRock
Other employers who accept 2.2s
Many employers you may not immediately associate with technology will hire graduates into IT roles, so dig about. For example, did you know that two of the UK government’s intelligence agencies, GCHQ and MI5, accept graduates with 2.2s into its technology roles. Or you could try the NHS health informatics management graduate scheme, which has previously accepted 2.2s.
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