Sixth Form: Gap Year
Updated: Fri 20 Jan 2017
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