TAKING A GAP YEAR
GAP YEARS ARE GOOD TO BUILD YOUR CV, TRAVEL, LEARN NEW SKILLS AND GIVE YOU TIME TO REFLECT AND FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT TO DO NEXT.
Employers will value the experiences you have gained when you have managed your time, set goals, and stretched yourself. If you have decided that you want to apply for university, you could tailor your gap year to relate it to the subject area you plan to study.
Universities find that many gap year students are generally more focused and responsible and a gap year can give you a break from study while you gain new skills/experiences and earn money. It can help you to mature and become more independent.
However, some people find a gap year distracts them from their longer-term plans and to be a benefit you should give it careful thought and planning to make it useful. If you don’t get organised, you may end up spending your gap year just ‘thinking about it’.
Some people can find it hard to return to study or work after a year-long break and it can be expensive and you could find yourself in a worse financial position at the end.