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Will it really be a 'stop gap' job?

Published: Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Many graduates leaving university consider taking a non-graduate position in order to earn some money while they plan their next step. This might not be as good an idea as it sounds.

Recent research by New Economics Foundation suggests a quarter of graduates taking low paid ‘stop gap’ jobs are still in them three and a half years later.

For those who secure graduate level jobs within six months of finishing their degree the reverse is true with over 90% remaining in graduate level jobs three years later. Many of these graduates also report higher levels of pay and responsibility, suggesting greater career progression for those starting early.

Source: The Independent