Good morning guys!
I'd said I would be MIA today but I really feel the need to do this.
There's a reader who has so much fear about moving back to Nigeria and getting a job, but her greater fear (which she repeatedly talks about in Open Keypad posts) is that she made a 2.2 and will therefore never get a job or good opportunities.
Everytime I see her comment (I think it's a her. The reader is anonymous but I always know her comments) I get really worried, as in, terribly worried. While a 2.2 is not exactly the best grade to have left school with I know so many people who made 2.2s that are doing just splendid.
There's a blogger who made a 2.2 that's working with General Electric, a multi national that generally accepts a minimum of 2.1, but in truth she's very smart. She hasn't let the 2.2 stop her, and she's risen in the rungs since she joined G.E only a few years back.
Another reader also once commented (some months ago) that she made a 2.2 and I think she also added that she's not a Masters degree holder but she's currently heading the Legal department of a very big company, known to all. (If you read this I'd like you to leave a comment, please).
I also know people who made 2.1 that have really shitty jobs. I know someone who made a 2.1 in law (1st degree and law school) and is presently earning about 30k a month. Some don't even have jobs yet.
Is there anyone here who made a 2.2 that's working a good job and earning a comfortable pay check, or do you know someone who is? Please let us know. Also tell us what can be done to make the 2.2 more 'acceptable'; Masters? Internships? Etc.
To the blog reader, I'm trying to get you to see that people get great jobs regardless of their grades. 2.2 or not. Or do I begin to tell you about people who made 3rd class that have awesome jobs? A friend of mine with a 3rd Class and an even poorer grade from law school has a job that would get most people salivating. I know of one who heads a department in one of the biggest Multi Nationals in the country and he wastes no time in telling you that he made a 3rd class but he didn't let that be a limiting factor.
This brings me to my point; Your problem is not that you made a 2.2, your problem is that you think you're not good enough and you're limiting yourself. You are indeed good enough and you need to get rid of that mentality/mindset that the only way you can get a good job is to make a 1st class or a 2.1. While its awesome to have left school with those grades, you're wrong to think that.
This self-limitation may be the ruination of you. Months ago you made this same comment about not getting a job because you made a 2.2, as of last night you're still standing at the same spot you were months ago. Do you see that you're stopping yourself from moving ahead? You're your own obstacle.
You can always try to get a Masters degree if you don't already have one, and work at 'smashing' it. LOL. Also it might be helpful to take some professional courses. Find out other ways to boost your chances of getting your dream job and stop focusing on the 2.2 that you made.
*This should in no way encourage any student here to relax and settle for anything below their goals*