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Gap Years - Talk to one of our reps: How a gap year impacted their career/future.

Find advice and guidance about taking gap years from one of our reps. Our reps have first hand experience with gap years and working with people on a gap year.

I myself ended up taking a gap year for 3 years and this has very much forged the start of my career path. Gap years can be a logical next step after your A-Levels and before starting University.

What are the benefits of taking a gap year?
What skills can I learn through work experience?
Does a gap year help my Uni application if I defer a year?

Drop any questions on your mind about gap years here and we will help you through your queries so we can attempt to help you arrive at the best decision for your next steps.
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Original post by wanga_wanga
@helpp pls

Hi Wanga,

I will do my best! What's your situation and hopefully I can provide some insights for you.
Original post by Yipiyap_EthanP
Hi Wanga,
I will do my best! What's your situation and hopefully I can provide some insights for you.

I can see the confusion but it was an attempt at a tag from someone elses username
Original post by wanga_wanga
I can see the confusion but it was an attempt at a tag from someone elses username

No problem at all - feel free to drop any questions if you do have any!
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I’m currently thinking of taking a gap year! Mostly because I think I want to weigh out my options so having a full year to work, gather experience and understand what route I want to take would help🤷*♀️

For me, the cons that I can think of are; friends moving away, may be quite lonely, not sure what my family will think & still feel like there’s a taboo behind taking a gap year!

Any guidance/advice would be really appreciated :smile:
Original post by emrma
I’m currently thinking of taking a gap year! Mostly because I think I want to weigh out my options so having a full year to work, gather experience and understand what route I want to take would help🤷*♀️
For me, the cons that I can think of are; friends moving away, may be quite lonely, not sure what my family will think & still feel like there’s a taboo behind taking a gap year!
Any guidance/advice would be really appreciated :smile:

Hi there!

I can absolutely understand why you want to take a gap year and the implications of this. This was why I started my gap year too, amongst other reasons, but I wanted to gain real world experience and work out exactly what I want to do if I was to commit to University.

If anything, the cons aren't necessarily cons. I've met so many new people who I now consider friends whilst being on my gap year, and with the wonders of social media you can always keep in touch with friends who do move away. If you can find a job to work as well you won't feel lonely!

There is still a bit of a stigmatism around the world of gap years. Obviously, everyone's circumstances are different when it comes to parental acceptance - they only want the best for us. A Gap Year can normally help build independence and initiative if done correctly, as you're managing your own time and getting the most out of it that you can. If you were to do nothing during your year out this will look significantly worse than volunteering, working or travelling and gaining experiences you can take with you to Uni or into a workplace.

If I were you I'd have a conversation with your parents. They know you better than me and so will be able to advise you better. Do a bit of research about how to get the most out of your gap year and if you really want to take one run it past them.

For me, I worked as a tutor (and ended up doing 3 gap years in the end!) this had such a big impact on me and my future. Now I manage a team of tutors who support the region I grew up in and can take pride in the fact students benefit from what I do. If you can follow your passion then go for it.

Hopefully, some of this helps and gives you a few insights about what you can do.

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