I know this is probably a question that comes up all the time on this forum but hey..
Anyone here taken/going to take a year out before university?
I'm just finishing A2 now, after retaking AS the first time round - meaning i will have done 3 years at sixth form. I want to go to university, but haven't applied yet - i know it's late! I haven't applied as i have been debating on what to do, eg get a job, apprenticeship, university.
After lots of thought over the past months i have decided i definitely want to go to university to do business management/marketing.
Sorry to waffle, basically the question is - would you advise a year out first? I wouldn't be travelling as i do not have to funds - but i would get work experience and money (+ maturity?). This would mean i will be 20 when i start uni!
I always think this is the best idea this option should be brought up more in colleges with help instead of the mass ucas sign ups for 2nd/3rd years.
if you have little doubts at the back of you mind and im sure many do then working or traveling will give you the time to think about what you really want.
(Original post by Moontoon)
Haha yeah i guess!
Do many just work for the whole year, or do anything different for the 'gap year' other than travel?
I think everyone I know followed the work and then travel gap year model.
The main differences come with what sort of travel you do and where you go - some opt to build orphanages in Africa (massive cliché!), others to work abroad for money (Med resorts such as Ibiza / working holiday visas), some bum around in SE Asia for a bit, some teach English abroad (there are better and worse ways to do this), interrailing around Europe . . . you get the idea - so long as it doesn't involve 5* hotels (unless you're working in one, not staying in it!) then you can do just about anything you like.
This is, however, probably the one and only time in your life where you will be able to leave your job and go travelling for six months without losing your job, damaging your career and coming back to the UK unemployed. You may as well seize it!
i took a gap year, that i hadn't even planned but it just happened, and i don't regret it. I learned so much! I worked, learned how to work with employees, just learnt a lot of things to do with business, I kept myself busy quite a lot, and I now know that I won't have a major problem when/if I start my own business because I already have some experience unlike most starters, and I would say that's a good start, and guess what. I'll be 20 when I start Uni as well Not a big deal.
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