Taking a Gap Year

If you are considering taking a gap year (either during your studies as a year out, or after you graduate) you will need to spend a long time planning, not just for where you want to go but also - what will you tell employers about your experience when you get back?

Employers generally like students to have taken a gap year - as long as it demonstrates skills.  If you have spent the year just sitting on a beach you may need to sell it to employers a bit more than if you spent time volunteering with children, taking on part-time work, or teaching English as a foreign language.

Gap years can be opportunities to do a number of different things:

  • Build up relevant work experience through internships, volunteering and paid work in the UK or abroad
  • Make yourself more employable by showcasing different skills
  • Improve your language skills
  • Discover career paths you may not have considered
  • Develop your independence and maturity

The best way to approach a Gap Year is not consider it as a break, but as an important addition to your CV.  After you finish, you will not only have school, university, part-time jobs etc, you will also have a unique experience that can really give you the chance to stand out from the crowd.

Some useful sites for research:

Year out Group

Real Gap

i-to-i

Gap Year

Lonely Planet

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