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Finding yourself skint after university tends to be part and parcel of life for many recent graduates, so if there’s ever a time to use the state safety net, then this is it. After all, you will contribute to this system for the vast majority of your lives, so forget the stigma of ‘signing on’ — accessing benefits is pragmatic and justified when you are in need of support during your job hunt.


CONTRIBUTION-BASED: This is for people who have paid enough National Insurance contributions in the last two tax years. There is also the ‘new style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) that works in the same way, and which you can apply for if you’re entitled to apply for Universal Credit (UC).

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The Graduate Guide 2017 has everything you will need for life after university. It covers 50+ career industries and looks at some top destinations overseas. Or if postgraduate study beckons, you’ll find loads of information to help you decide which route to take — in the UK or abroad. Whatever the next step is for you, The Graduate Guide is packed full of information and advice to help you on your way.

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