How A Gap Year Could Help Your FuturePosted: 10th of February 2015 by
There is a feeling among some that a gap year is a frivolous waste of time, enjoyed by the privileged young while others are forced to face reality and get on with their lives. However, a gap year can become an integral part of your life and offer you experiences and opportunities to improve yourself and make you more employable too.
Far from being a waste of time and money, a well-used gap year can help you to stand out from your peers and make you more appealing to employers. Whatever your educational achievements, chances are, when it comes to looking for work you will be in competition with others with similar skills and experiences to yourself. However, if you have done some travel, you will have an extra edge over the competition, as you will have gained some life-changing or affirming experiences while also showing yourself to be an independent person who is not afraid to face challenges and try something new.
In addition to this outlook, you may also have the chance to brush up on your foreign language skills, show you can handle the red tape related to living and working abroad, cope with different cultural and working practices, and survive on your own without your usual support network. Showing you are resourceful and resilient will certainly prove to be a bonus when it comes to getting a job, while the whole experience can make you more marketable to employers.
In an age when people are talking about creating their own ‘personal brand’ a gap year can add a lot to your C.V. – certainly when compared to those who stayed at home watching TV and playing computer games! Instead you will be able to demonstrate that you have got out there and involved in the big wide world.
Of course, there is likely to be some apprehension, but these days you needn’t be far away from your loved ones, as you can connect with your life back at home using video calling like Skype or Facetime. In fact, while you are out there making your own independent moves, you needn’t actually be isolated from your friends and family back in the UK.
You may feel some apprehension at the thought of heading out on a gap year, but there are plenty of well-run providers who will make sure your gap year is fulfilling and safe. Plus your life in the UK will still be there when you return, so it is not as if you are leaving for good!
Travel can certainly broaden your mind as you encounter other cultures, express curiosity, and see things from a different perspective. Plus such an experience can actually make you smarter, as you learn to cope with situations and experiences outside of your comfort zone.
What’s more, as a young person, you may never have a better chance to travel and see the world. Without dependants, a mortgage, or the responsibilities of a full-time job to look after, now may be the best time to take the chance on a life-changing experience. There is very little to lose, since you can always return home should things not work out for you!
So why not check out the Gap Year options available to you today, right here:
When you are looking for an apprenticeship, or your first job, it’s probable that most of your attention will be focused on landing the role. ...
Applying for an apprenticeship can be a very competitive process and many organisations use video interviews as an initial screening process. Most...