A new study shows that one in four graduates who take non-graduate jobs still hold the same position three and a half years later.

The research, commissioned by the NUS, advises that graduates who take stop-gap jobs after university should pursue their graduate careers more resolutely.

The report said: ‘Even those with good graduate degrees are facing months of unemployment or free interning in order to gain access to paid work. Those with no or few qualifications are being left out in the cold.’

But while the report underscored concerns about the large number of graduates forced to take any work they can get, there were some encouraging figures too.

Researchers identified that those who manage to secure graduate jobs within six months of finishing university tend to still hold graduate careers in three and a half years’ time.

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