IT graduate schemes you can apply for with a 2.2 degree
If you end up with a 2.2 in your computer science or software engineering degree, don’t despair. Whether you want to become a software developer, tester, software engineer or work in IT services or 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 and telecoms companies with a 2.2 degree
Most major IT 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 either 320 UCAS points or a postgraduate degree.
Likewise, Fidessa has different requirements for different roles. Its recruitment manager Kevin Keegan states: ‘Depending on the role you apply for there may be slightly different educational requirements. Our graduate developer role requires a 2.1 or above but we will consider strong A level results with at least a grade ‘A’ in maths or physics (or equivalent) if you have a 2.2. All our other roles require you to be working towards a degree in an IT/numerate discipline (or equivalent). We will consider a third for our graduate software support role as it is more about the ability to be customer facing coupled with technical ability.’
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.
- Ford recruits graduates with 2.2 degrees into its IT team. Ideally you need an IT-related degree and some IT work experience.
- Jaguar Land Rover’s IT graduate jobs typically has a 2.2 degree minimum requirement.
- Siemens’ IT graduate scheme accepts graduates with a 2.2 into some roles.
- Shell’s IT graduate jobs don’t specify a minimum degree requirement, though the company does seek candidates with a consistently strong academic record.
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, Citi has in the past considered overlooking its 2.1 requirement if a candidate had very strong work experience and/or extenuating circumstances. If this applies to you, you should contact recruitment team before applying so that your application does not get screened out.
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 The Co-operative Group runs an IT leadership graduate scheme, or that easyJet offers IT graduate jobs? Both have accepted 2.2 degrees in previous recruitment cycles. Or you could try the NHS health informatics management graduate scheme, which accepts 2.2s and is open to graduates of any discipline.
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