What is a Gap Year?
A gap year is a year spent taking time off after college to recharge your battery, to learn a language, travelling, volunteering, and working abroad or to try something that you normally would not think of doing. Please check out the Guide to Taking a Gap Year that will provide information and advice and read Michelle Reid’s story about taking a Gap Year.
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Top Tips for your Gap Year:
- Do your research
- Take time to plan and prepare– it can take 9-12 months to plan your gap year and to raise the funds
- Budget, but don’t get hung up on saving money at all costs so that you miss out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
- Be open-minded – a gap year is all about new experiences. Often you’ll find that the word you use most is ‘yes’.
- Use the time to make contacts– this is an important time to develop networks that could help you in your future career. Get on the messageboards and see if anyone is planning a similar kind of trip as you. Be friendly, get chatting, and start planning your gap year!