According to a recent survey, universities are failing to help their graduates by providing decent careers guidance before they graduate.

Seven out of ten new graduates admitted to being very stressed when it comes to job-hunting, according to a study of 150 graduates by Just IT.

The survey by the training and personalised recruitment consultancy also found that eight out of ten students turn to friends, family or even Facebook when seeking help for careers or employer applications. Just four per cent of graduates said they have relied on universities and tutors for the same advice.

Worryingly, only 62 per cent of students felt their CVs or application forms best reflected their ability. While 87 per cent of respondents would have appreciated more tailored advice on the job application process before leaving universities.

According to Sunil Duggal, MD of Just IT Recruitment, it is not surprising that students are turning to their peers for advice about their career paths.

'There is a real lack of advice being offered to students while at university, despite nearly nine in ten graduates demanding more personalised advice from their careers services. Fuelled by their nerves and lack of university support, students are looking for alternative options to help them progress.'

'Degrees alone do not guarantee a job. It is up to universities to ensure that they also equip students with the necessary basic skills for the world of work, as well as offering them with tailored advice on how to kick-start their career - starting with the application and interview process.'