Twelve months to spend as you wish, doing whatever you want. Some people take gap years deliberately, known as a deferred entry, before applying and some are forced into a gap year to improve their application portfolio for a retry. The alternative is to apply a year later so that you would already know your A-level results. The decision will have a huge life-long impact on your life. It will need careful planning and thought so that you can make it very productive.
I 'm planning a gap year before doing a civil engineering course at university, but should I spend the year having fun and travelling, or participating in a year in industry - which would universities prefer? Alice Bond, 17, year 13, the Chase school, Malvern, Worcestershire. KG: Why not travel, have fun and get paid for it? Making your gap year work for you by travelling and combining this with time in industry can be the best of both worlds. In the current climate, it is highly desirable to augment your skills by seeking work experience, whether you do it for the full duration of the gap year, or mix your gap year with travel.
Gap years can mean finding work, internships, travelling and other adventures around the world. First things first, should you take a gap year in the first place? There are lots of reasons to take a year out, the most common being to travel or to gain work experience. But there are others.
Once only a common occurrence in Europe, embarking on a year-long break, or gap year, before starting college has become almost mainstream in the U. But now college graduates are increasingly taking a gap year before graduate school. Read on to learn about this growing trend, how college graduates can decide whether a gap year is right for them, the kinds of opportunities out there and the pros and cons of taking a potentially life-changing gap year. The first notion to get out of the way is that taking a gap year means leisurely frittering away days napping, watching television and generally being a couch potato. Nope, not even close.