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Should I take a gap year?

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What is a gap year?

• Gap years can be taken by anyone, for varying lengths of time
• You can choose to travel, take internships, go on an adventure, take summer classes, volunteer, work, found a start-up etc.
• The best time to take a gap year is different for each individual

Benefits of taking a gap year

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Develop your transferable skills

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Raise your cultural awareness

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Increase your confidence and independence

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Learn a new craft

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Gain work experience

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Save money for university

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Improve your language skills

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Gives you time to decide if university is right for you

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Stand out from other applicants

Disadvantages of taking a gap year

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It can be hard to justify

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Travelling alone can be difficult

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It can be very expensive

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You could lose momentum

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You may become distracted

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You could fall behind

What if I already applied to a university?

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Contact the admissions office, state why you want to defer and what you intend to do

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It's up to the university to assess the case

Can I take a gap year during university?

If you are already in university, you should:
• Think about why you want to take time out from your course
• You can take a ‘mini gap year' and use the summer holidays to travel, volunteer or work abroad

Should I take a year out after university?

• A gap year can enable you to build the skills employers are looking for
• Your experience can give your CV a boost
• However, consider whether you have the ability to pay off your student loans and general living costs on time
• If you're applying for jobs/ school: Consider the timing of your applications, the recruitment processes and start dates

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