Taking a Gap Year
A gap year is not just a year to kick back and do nothing; you won’t really impress many people doing that. Most people work for a bit and then go travelling. Many of the large companies, such as KPMG, Bank of England and IBM have gap year programmes for those wishing to get in a solid year of work experience. You might also look at the Year In Industry Programme where there are opportunities for paid work in a wide range of areas including Enginering, Science, IT, E-commerce, Business, Marketing, Finance and Logistics. Alternatively, you might want to volunteer in the UK or abroad, or use your time off to get plenty of work experience. This may even help you figure out which careers might interest you.
The key thing, if you do decide to do a gap year, is to make sure that you do something worthwhile. It might also be wise to check with admissions tutors if you have a university course in mind afterwards. Sometimes, particularly with some Science and Maths based courses, universities prefer students not to take a gap year.
www.gapyear.com – Year out opportunities
www.yearoutgroup.org – Year Out providers and opportunities
www.raleighinternational.org – Raleigh international expeditions
www.campamerica.co.uk – opportunities for work in holiday camps in the USA
www.bunac.org.uk – working holidays overseas
www.vinspired.com – volunteering for 14-25 year olds
www.csv.org.uk – volunteering projects across the UK
www.wwv.org.uk – Year Out opportunities
www.skiworld.ltd.uk summer and ski jobs across the world
www.natives.co.uk ski and snow sport related jobs
www.coolworks.com summer jobs and seasonal, national parks, ski resorts, ranches, camps and cruise ships