Graduate schemes are commonly assumed to be only attainable by grit, determination, and an overactive LinkedIn presence. However, a shocking report this morning has exposed hundreds of Bristol student graduate schemes to, in fact, be products of pure, unwavering nepotism.
The news has come as a shock to many unsuccessful applicants, who previously thought that they had lost out to better-qualified candidates, instead of well-connected rotters.
One anonymous source, who received his rejection letter earlier this week, told The Whip that the report has affected more than just his job prospects.
“One of my closest friends got a place on a scheme named in the report.”, He sobbed, “But she’d told me that it was down to her extensive networking and refined skill set. I’d thought that the fact she shared a name with two named partners was just a funny coincidence, something to raise a smile about. But I’m not smiling now, I feel betrayed.”
The jealous confidante was unable to continue with the interview, and walked off muttering about double barrel surnames and a careers service conspiracy.
Many however, rushed to support those of high patronage. One recent gradschemer Alain Montfort dismissed any claims of favouritism on Twitter, stating,
“This report is nonsense, my application was thorough, I had my DofE bronze on there, my UCAS points, even a list of potential fathers’ day presents. I think rejection is just a #bitter pill that some people have to #swallow.”
Although many are outraged, The Whip understands that this report is likely to change nothing.