By Daniel Hunter

A totaljobs.com survey of UK graduates has revealed that 34% have claimed jobseekers allowance since graduating whilst 21% have been looking for work for as long as 12 months.

Almost a fifth (19%) have applied for more than 100 jobs and many as a quarter (25%) have not been invited to a single interview. A difficult picture is painted when put together, suggesting reasons as to why 46% of those surveyed would move abroad for a graduate job.

“Many students begin university imagining a degree is the golden ticket to employment, however, the jobs market is extremely tough, particularly at entry level," Graduate Director at totaljobs.com, Mike Fetters, said.

"Graduates need to make sure the quality of their applications is very high to be able to compete for those highly sought-after roles. This means they should be entirely error-free, succinct and tailored carefully to the job specifications for each vacancy — think carefully about how you can stand out from the crowd and demonstrate why you should have that role.”

Furthermore, 42% of those polled state the education system has not prepared them adequately for the jobs market, while 41% would not choose their course again now they are actively looking for a job.

“University is not the only route to employment today and more needs to be done to highlight other avenues such as apprenticeships and vocational qualifications, with universities needing stronger links with industry to ensure graduates get a job that reflects their skills set,” Mike Fetters concluded.

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