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Gap year

Gap years can be used to enhance your CV, travel, learn new skills, and much more.
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Why take a gap year?

A gap year offers you the opportunity to gain skills and experiences, while giving you time to reflect and focus on what you want to do next.

  • A productive gap year can be valuable on your CV – many employers value the experiences students have gained if they’ve actively managed their time, set themselves goals, and stretched themselves.
  • If you decide to apply for uni, you could tailor your gap year to relate it to the subject area you plan to study.

Things to consider

  • What do you want to do with your gap year? Careful thought and planning is essential.
  • How will you fund your travels?
  • Don’t forget to keep in mind what you want to do afterwards. This will make it easier to transition to work/study when you return.

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