I am a graduate of pure chemistry from the University but with Third Class Hons. I don’t want to be limited by my class of degree but want to move forward and get a good job.
Where do you think I can start from?
Thanks so much….
Congratulations on achieving your degree.
The first thing you need to do is decide what you would like from your life.
And you need to be honest with yourself about why your degree is third class. Did you not work hard enough? Are you not good enough? Did you lose interest in the subject? Should your future lie in another direction? Or do you want to work in this field?
Have another look at this section and plan your ideal career development
I think there are basically three ways you can use your degree
1. To work in the field of your chosen subject
2. To access a teaching certificate course
3. To enter the world of commerce
I would suggest you omit the class of your degree from your CV. Some people may ask about it at interview but you will have to use your skill, charm and personality to handle the query.
Be ready to explain why it was third class, endeavouring to put yourself in the best light whilst being honest, but not defensive.
“I realised at the beginning of my final year that the subject was not right for me, but was determined to complete the course and graduate. Now I want to build a career in another sector that appeals to me “
“ I experienced family /personal problems /illness during the final year so struggled to achieve my best performance. I’m fully recovered now though, and ready to give everything to my career. “
Prepare your response, ask tutors, family and friends to listen to it and perfect it, and then practise it thoroughly
Make sure you mention all your transferable and life skills on your CV –membership of societies, positions of office held- such as chairman, team captain, treasurer.
Use transferable skills you have developed at school and in your community such as leadership, project planning and management
And remember –you do have a degree, It is still an achievement even if you would be happier with a higher class.