Gap Year Advice
The gap year has seen something of a transformation in recent years. Before the recession, employment crisis and tuition fee hike, a gap year – at least for young people from well-off families – was a well-deserved break after years of school and before the leap into university.
Now, a gap year is often seen more as a chance to try and diversify a young person’s UCAS personal statement, to add interest to their CV and/or to make some money. Universities have also become increasingly strict about what students should be doing on their gap years, and the skills a gap year should help to improve.
This doesn’t mean a gap year can’t be fun: thousands of people take gap years all over the world, travelling to destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, South America and Thailand. On a gap year you could help build an orphanage, teach English as a foreign language and help build water wells in places that desperately need water: helping others and building up team work skills. In between working, those on gap years can brush up on language skills, trek through breath-taking landscapes, swim in oceans and rivers, and make friends for life.
Those taking a gap year to work full time while living at home will begin university – or their apprenticeship, school leaver programme, or sponsored degree – with far less financial worries than their peers who have gone straight to the next stage without savings.
Read all the advice articles in this section to learn more about gap years.