An opportunity to have a break from studying and return refreshed. You can volunteer, get valuable work experience, and travel the world.
A productive gap year can be valuable on your resume.
You could relate the experience and activities to the subject area you plan to study.
You can earn and save money towards your higher education costs or future plans.
You will develop maturity if you don’t yet feel ready for higher education or work life. For some careers, it can be an advantage to be slightly older and have some life experience.
Some people find a year out becomes a distraction from their long-term plans.
An unstructured year out may not add much value to your future – careful thought and planning is essential.
It can be harder to return to study or work after a year-long break.
It can be expensive, and you could find yourself in a worse financial position at the end.
If you don’t get organized, you may end up spending your gap year just ‘thinking about it’.
* taken from UCAS article
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GAP YEAR LINKS
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