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Is a year in industry actually worth it? should i just do a year abroad for york uni?

Exactly what the question is really, at York they do a year aroad OR a year in industry, will i be missing out on key skills by doing a year abroad just for the experience and so should I do a year in industry first or do the years in industry really not make much a difference??
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Original post by flowww04
Exactly what the question is really, at York they do a year aroad OR a year in industry, will i be missing out on key skills by doing a year abroad just for the experience and so should I do a year in industry first or do the years in industry really not make much a difference??

Hi!

What course are you interested in? It might be different for different departments, so I can try and find more information for you :smile:
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Hi!
What course are you interested in? It might be different for different departments, so I can try and find more information for you :smile:

thank you for the reply and sorry for my late response haven't been online! I've applied to biological sciences if that helps :smile:
I think this decision is between personal growth and future pathways. If you're interested in getting away and experiencing the world through a new lens (and having a fun time, which is also valid), go with a year abroad. If you're low on experience and feel pretty okay about your experiences and self-growth so far, I'd say definitely go with the industry. As someone out of uni I can tell you that industry is always going to help you. Employers today are big on experience. Better yet, you can use it to make some connections.
Hi there, I think litismagic has put it well. A year in industry is really useful for building your professional network and looking ahead to a potential future career. Year abroad is a completely different experience and will hopefully build your confidence and allow you to experience different cultures and environments. So both are useful in different ways, unfortunately you probably won't have time to do both! You can find more information about Biology year in industry and going abroad for a year on our website.
Original post by flowww04
Exactly what the question is really, at York they do a year aroad OR a year in industry, will i be missing out on key skills by doing a year abroad just for the experience and so should I do a year in industry first or do the years in industry really not make much a difference??

Year in industry, why not do this abroad too? Year of study abroad only gets you half the credits of a full year study in the UK, so that’ll be something you’ll have to weigh up and discuss if it’s worth.

Most jobs want experience these days as it’s so competitive, so I would suggest doing this instead. But why not do it abroad, if that’s what you want to do? You can get a visa and work over there.

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