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How important is English when job hunting?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by EdGey, 4 Jun 2010.

  1. EdGey

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    Hello.

    I got a D in English at GCSE, and I'm now faced with a decision. Go to college and re-do my English GCSE, or forget about it and do something else.

    I guess my question is, how difficult is having a D is English going to make things for me in the future?

    I'm currently studying ICT and Business at sixth-form and am expecting high grades especially in business. I would like to either go on to do business at a higher level, or go straight into employment.

    Thank you.
     
  2. shifty_uk

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    Just don't list your GCSEs to any future employers unless requested(which imo would be unlikely).
     
  3. 4T5

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    Hows your Polish ?
     
  4. Dj_Jestar

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    Don't bother listing it specifically, just put "x grades A-C GCSE" on CV. Or don't put GCSEs on at all. Your other qualifications with up-stage them anyway.
     
  5. Relentless81

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    I work in ICT and dont think GCSE is that important in my experiance anyway, its more of the specialist IT qualifications that are important, I think as long as you have 5 x A-C GCSE (as a stepping stone to college etc) then it should be fine generally speaking, most employers are different.
     
  6. big_white_dog84

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    True
     
  7. EdGey

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Out of interest, would it affect getting into uni much? or does the same apply.
     
  8. wordy

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    Try it in French and see how far you get.
     
  9. Skillmister

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    They dont care about gcse's
     
  10. Redman

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    I'd just list your GCSE's without grades beside them. A pass is a pass, I got A's and B's (back when A was actually the best :p) and I didn't bother listing grades - I don't bother listing GCSE's these days mind.
     
  11. Dj_Jestar

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    fixed.
     
  12. Broken Hope

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    Generally it's your last qualification that matters. E.g GCSE's matter for college, A levels matter for uni etc.
     
  13. loopylou

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    Some courses at uni may require to to have at least a C or above in English and Maths at GCSE, but that being said they may over look it as a blip if you get A's at A level
     
  14. Skillmister

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    i couldnt be bothered typing all that, but true :p
     
  15. EdGey

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    Well that's good news then.

    Thanks :)
     
  16. eatcustard

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    When I was a lad we did O levels, when exams were hard, unlike now where any man and his dog can pass.;)
     
  17. lakitu

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    Don't list it. If you do lie and say you got a B.
     
  18. manic111

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    Don't do this.

    Or if you do say you got a B, claim it's because you're dyslexic and meant D ;)
     
  19. PMKeates

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    To be honest, you could just write that you got a mix of As and Bs on your CV and the high likelihood is that no-one will check.
     
  20. QuagmireUK

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    A friend of mine had to resit his GCSE maths and english in his last year of uni as they wouldnt let him graduate untill he got a C or above.

    This was a Business Studies course at Edge Hill though so im not sure if applies anywhere else.