No, your degree class does NOT determine your future success
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An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m claiming that poor quality of teaching cost him a first class degree and thus prevented him from having a successful legal career. Faiz Siddiqui studied history at Brasenose College and graduated in 2000 with a 2:1 degree - a very commendable result from any institution, let alone Oxford. The university has dismissed his claims as baseless because of the number of years that have passed since Siddiqui graduated, an argument that makes both logical, and probably legal, sense. However, if I were part of the legal team representing the university, I would instead argue that Siddiqui’s claims are baseless for one reason alone: he cannot prove that the lack of a first class degree is the determining factor in his failure to lead a successful career. It has been 16 years since he sat his final exams. It is more likely that subsequent decisions, or even twists of fate, are to blame for his lack of success. Why should his degree classification take special precedence over any other factor? At the end of the day, supreme levels of career and financial success are not directly correlated with one’s class of degree.
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