Sixth Form: Gap Year

Updated: Wed 15 Nov 2017   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Gap Year

You may feel that you need a break from education or you are just uncertain about what your next steps should be.  A gap year can be very beneficial for your personal and social development as well as being an opportunity to gain a greater insight into possible career paths.

It is vital that any gap year is well planned and organised; avoid using it just to delay making important decisions and make sure you do something meaningful.  Employers and universities will not look favourably on a break where there has been no focus or benefit to your development.   You could volunteer to help others and put your skills to the test, maybe discover a different culture and learn a new language or gain relevant experiences in an area in which you wish to study or work.  There are a number of organisations that provide structured opportunities for combining volunteering and/or work with travel abroad (at a cost) and some companies also offer special work experience programmes for school leavers.

 

Gap Year Handbook