Taking a gap year can be a fantastic opportunity to explore new experiences, gain valuable skills, and discover more about yourself before continuing your education or starting your career.
Discover new places, experience different cultures and become more open-minded. Expert travel organisations include:
Make a difference and get to see the world at the same time. Helpful organisations include:
Give up spare time to do something for others. Volunteering can be a great way to meet people, learn new skills and gain invaluable experience.
You may have missed out on some grades which you want to make up for. You may decide to do this by delaying university for a year and resitting subjects and exam.
You could do this by doing an internship, volunteering or paid work.
You might decide to work for a year to save money for university.
Depending on the type of gap year you choose to take, the skills you develop will vary. Make a list of the reasons why you want to take a gap year. Once you know what you want to get out of your time off, you will be able to narrow down your options.
Taking a gap year could:
If you want to discuss your Gap Year, speak with your personal tutor or an adviser from the Careers and Employability team.