Taking a year out from your studies may allow you to develop further your skills and experiences that will appeal to future employers, as well as a chance to take a step back from education to reflect on your future.

A gap year can be whatever you want it to be; you could spend time on a beach, learning a new language or supporting a community in South Africa. Your gap year will be what YOU make it.

It does need careful planning though. You need to decide what is important to you, and what you want to achieve.

Employers now look more favourably on organised gap years that appear to have provided you with some structure and the chance to develop your employability skills further. Whether you decide to stay at home or abroad, gap years can offer you the chance to strengthen your CV with important transferrable skills. Some potential benefits include:

  • Opportunity to work alongside new cultures and communities
  • Chance to learn a foreign language
  • Time to personally grow and mature and reflect on your career aspirations and goals
  • Opportunity to make a difference in a voluntary capacity
  • Gain technical skills or professional qualifications
  • Work experience at home or abroad


See the following links for more detailed information on gap years:

Year Out Group
The Year Out Group
gap year
Gap Year
Department for Business Innovation and Skills
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Prospects - Gap Year
gap dvice
Gap Advice