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Taking a gap year

You might decide to take a gap year before you continue your education or employment. What you do is up to you and you may have the chance to do more than one thing. Here are some things to think about:

  • travelling to different countries
  • gaining work experience
  • volunteering
  • getting a job to gain money to help for higher education courses


Travelling in your gap year can be done independently, with friends, or as part of an organised group or project. You must research your options and plan what you will be doing carefully. Here are some things to think about:

  • where you will visit?
  • how much it will cost you for travel, accommodation, food, health and travel insurance etc?
  • how you will finance this?

Work experience

Work experience during a gap year is a great opportunity to find out more about a particular area of work, and to give you more experience for getting into university or a career. It might also be helpful to try something before you make a long-term decision. It can be paid or unpaid, voluntary work, in the UK or abroad. It will help you to be more independent and self-confident, develop your skills and experience, give you the opportunity to make contacts, and help you to earn and save money.


As well as giving you the chance to earn some money, jobs can also help you to develop your skills and experience. You could consider working abroad as part of your gap year. You'll need to have a CV to help you find a job.


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