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Considering a gap year?

So let’s take a look at the options, shall we?

After graduation, many college students will be looking at the job market, terrified at the prospect of entering the dog-eat-dog world of the 9-5, and considering taking a gap year.

The average gap-year costs £3000 but can give you priceless skills and- if done right- it can increase your earning prospects. So let’s take a look at the options, shall we?


Voluntary

Fancy building a school in Uganda? Protecting elephants from poachers in South Africa? A volunteer gap year will give you experience that is hard to get anywhere else and you’ll be doing something good. It can also help you gain skills like teamwork, project management, languages and communication skills that will boost your CV.

Often these types of trips do require you to pay a fee to the organisation which will help pay for any training you’ll receive, accommodation and sometimes food too.

The UN runs the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), which works on behalf of several charities worldwide to recruit for their projects. Visit www.wearebamboo.com for more information.


Internship

This is ideal for graduates looking to bridge the skills gap between college and work. While we’re still in a recession, it can be hard to find a job, let alone a job you actually want to do.

Internships give you the chance to focus on developing key skills, show that you have drive and ambition beyond that of your peers, and can actually help you get a job at the end of it.

These placements can be competitive but your college should be able put you in contact with companies relevant to your course.


Holiday

After the last three years, you deserve a break. This trip could open new opportunities for you and give you the chance to learn another language while seeing the world up-close.

This is the kind of thing you should do now because although some people do take gap years in their thirties and forties, it’s harder when you have settled down with a full-time job and a family.

They website GapYear.com is the go-to place for organising your trip, including all the boring, legal stuff like visas and accommodation.

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