A Message If You Got A 2:2 Or Lower…..

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist! This weeks guest article comes from Abbie Moseley. Abbie is a psychology graduate who recently graduated with her Psychology Degree! This is her message to anyone that is graduating this year with a lower grade than they had expected! This is a must read for anyone who found themselves in this position!

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Hello readers! My name is Abbie some of you may already know me from LinkedIn (if not, I will put my LinkedIn information at the end of this article, so be sure to connect).  I am incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to write a post for Psych Assist this month. So, I would like to thank the team so much for this amazing opportunity. As this months guest article, I will be discussing a  very important topic with you readers, that will hopefully benefit you in some way, whether you are an undergraduate student going into your 2nd or 3rd year of your psychology degree and are worried you may be graduating with a 2.2 or 3rd or you may have recently finished uni with a lower grade than you would have liked and are worried that you won’t get your dream job or be able to get into postgraduate study.

Okay, so imagine its approached that time of year where students in their final year of their psychology degree, have submitted their dissertation, completed their final exams and have submitted their final pieces of coursework and are anxiously awaiting the results. Now fast forward a month or so when everything has been marked and students are getting grades back, but not only that, students will also be receiving an email or official letter that states what their final degree classification will be. Now for most students, this is the moment that they have been waiting for their whole life; the day they get their degree and can celebrate with their friends, make their family proud and have a successful career. However, for some, this won’t be the case. Some people will find themselves with a grade much lower than they would have liked and in turn will believe that their future is over, well let me tell you now, it really isn’t. As young people we put so much pressure on ourselves to succeed and that if we don’t get a certain grade or classification then we get top marks in messing our future up and we’re never going to have the life we want.

“do not compare yourself to others”

Abbie Moseley (2018)

PLEASE if you take one thing from this article then let it be that you are worth so much more as a person than what your grades tell you, grades mean absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things, (they are just a stepping stone to get you onto your next level of education or career move). But yes you may have gotten 52% in your dissertation when all your friends and people on your course got higher, yes you may believe that you are thick and a total failure and that such a low grade will potentially close the door to a graduate position as a research assistant, (if that is what you wanted to do) or you may just be disappointed that you had not met your expectations of getting a high grade as that could have been the difference between a 1st and a 2.1. Again remember the stress you had to go through in order to even submit your dissertation, and you may have excelled in modules and assignments where others did not, although we all have our own personal expectations so some people may be happy with a grade in the 50s, but for me, I see that as failing because I know how hard I work.

Another point is do not compare yourself to others. I know it is easier said than done because I was always comparing my grades to others and although I don’t have a desire to be better than others academically (as I have no plans to do a doctorate or PHD, where top grades are required). I still like to think that my hard work and hours of studying will have paid off and when people ask, “so what did you get in this assignment?” people will believe the amount of studying I did, because the grade will prove it, if you know what I mean?

If there is one thing I have learned whilst studying for my degree is that you can’t be good at everything. This was something I found hard at first as I always set high expectations and I often get stressed if I cant live up to them, those who do follow me on LinkedIn, will know that I got a 2.1 overall in my degree and I was incredibly happy, however that didn’t stop me from comparing my overall percentage to others who got 2.1s, and despite the happiness, a very small part of me was devastated for not getting a 1st(again, this was because I had not met my high expectations). Looking at it now, a high 2.1 is excellent and something I didn’t imagine I would get in 1st year.

So, for those of you who may find out that your overall degree classification is lower than a 2.1, then take a moment to have a look at your transcript, as I am sure that you will have excelled and got good marks in at least one module. Think about what this module was about and maybe if that is the area of psychology you would like to work in, if not then just be PROUD of yourself for excelling in something.  I did exceptionally well in my Clinical Psychology module, but I have no plans of doing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I still very much want to be a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, which was covered in the Clinical module, so I am still using the grade for something I guess. Remember in interviews to discuss the modules you have excelled in and elaborate on why you enjoyed them and what skills were required, for you to pass the module; such as research skills or knowledge of formulations in counselling and clinical psychology.

Also, my advice would be to focus on any extra activities you did at uni such as career development week, employability awards, student union events or voluntary experience related to your degree as they are all very valuable experiences, that employers like to talk about at interviews. So, if you have a lower degree classification, then remember to talk about these things, as it shows employers that you are a well-rounded individual who does more than devote your life to studying (although studying is very important).  

Some master’s degree’s also except people with a 2.2, as I know someone who got onto a master’s in health psychology with a 2.2. So, there are options for further study if you don’t get the grade you want. Also, this is a great opportunity to learn from your undergraduate mistakes and build on your strengths and show potential employers that you can learn and develop and even stand a better chance of securing employment after graduating.

“You are worthy of success”

Abbie Moseley (2018)

Please remember that the universe has a plan for us all and although it’s hard, you just have to think that you got that grade for a reason and it will take you down the path YOU are meant to go on. I know it is hard to think like that when you feel like your whole life will be over because you are unable to do what you originally planned to, but honestly everything works out as it should in the end. I have experienced failures probably more than most of you reading this, and I’m continuing to move forward and not give up on my plans. I believe that one day I will be a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and I will be living the life I want to.

Do not let a lower than expected grade, stop you from attending graduation, although I always said I would not attend graduation if I got a 2.2 or 3rd, as I would feel terrible knowing that all my uni friends and people I knew from my course would be getting 1st and 2,1s and I would just be there feeling disappointed and not wanting to celebrate which is the whole point of graduation. If you get lower than a 2.1 and you want to go to graduation, then go ahead, why not buy that dress and get your hair, make up and nails done. Everyone likes an excuse to dress up and have a drink. Also, don’t let anyone make you feel bad if you go to graduation and you only have a 2.2 or lower. You deserve to celebrate that you made it to the end of uni, which we all feel like dropping out of at times.

No matter what you do in life, always look after your mental health and no degree or job is worth sacrificing your wellbeing for. Always make time for what you enjoy and don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for living the life you choose to.

You are worthy of success and I wish you every happiness in your future! Don’t give up. I believe in you!

Be sure to connect with me on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/abbie-m-005129143/

You can also follow me on twitter @abbiechellex and add me on snapchat abbie-chellex

Thank you for reading this article and have a productive week 😊

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