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There’s no set age to take a gap year29th November 2012, 11:16
So many people still don't have much of a clue when it comes to gap year jobs and gap year programmes: they think they're just for those who want to put off starting university for another twelve months. That might be true in some cases, but there's much, much more to taking a gap year than that.
There’s no set time to take a gap year. After all, you might not want to go to university in the first place. Some people finish school and go on a gap year programme while others wait much longer to take up a gap year job while they're changing careers.
Of course, the majority of people taking a gap year are school leavers who want to invest a certain amount of time preparing for adult life, getting to know themselves and doing the sort of things that make interesting reading on their CV.
Whether they’re planning to go on to university when they return, or to head straight into the world of work, the more interesting the description of their gap year, the better the chance of having their CV read all the way through.
As for those with an established career path who are looking to change direction, they tend to refer to their gap year as a "sabbatical". After many years of sinking into the same old routine for years, day in, day out, their gap year can be invigorating, to say the least.
It's the chance to get out of the rut they've been sinking into for so long and to rediscover not just themselves, but a whole new world that's been changing without them noticing.
But what to do during a gap year? There's only so long you can sit on a beach enjoying the sunshine. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with that: after all that's what people tend to do in the very short time they have to enjoy a holiday each year. But even with the best of intentions, it's difficult to sit on a beach more than a few months at a time. Isn’t it? One day, we’ll try it, and let you know.
That's why so many people start off on their gap year with their time already planned: whether it's a volunteer work rebuilding a village destroyed by an earthquake, or teaching English in South Korea... or almost anything else you can think of, it's possible to have everything organised down to the last detail before you pick up your passport and head off to the airport.
Gap years, these days, are big business - and specialist companies catering for both young and old clients go all out to make sure the gap year programmes they provide leave nothing to chance.