Gap Year

8th February (8.45am): SDC Virtual Event, What is an Apprenticeship?  
8th February (1.30pm): SDC Virtual Event, How to find an Apprenticeship?   
Exeter College Showcase 20th April 2021: 4-7pm      
9th February (8.45am): SDC Virtual Event, Available Apprenticeships       
9th February (1.30pm): SDC Virtual Event, What is an Apprenticeship?   
10th February (8.45am): SDC Virtual Event, How to find an Apprenticeship
10th February (1.30pm): SDC Virtual Event, Available Apprenticeships
11th February (8.45am): SDC Virtual Event, What is an Apprenticeship?
11th February (1.30pm): SDC Virtual Event, Available Apprenticeships
t2h February (1.30pm): SDC Virtual Event, How to find an Apprenticeship
Although it is possible for people to take a career break at any age, young people will often defer their entry to higher education by a year to enjoy new experiences or learn new skills, or they may choose to take a gap year after graduation and before starting work.  There are many reasons why people choose to take a year out:

  • to try new experiences;
  • to develop self-confidence and maturity;
  • to gain relevant work experience;
  • to earn money to fund further learning;
  • to give themselves time to think about their options;
  • to fulfil their personal ambitions.

Whether you choose to get a job to earn money, take a working holiday abroad or offer your time volunteering to a cause you are interested in, it’s important to plan your year out so that you get the most out of it.   Skills gained on a well-structured gap year are much in demand from employers and can make a significant contribution to your own personal development.  You can find guide books and magazines advertising year out opportunities in the Careers Office and there are many websites offering advice and information, including the following websites:

Gap Year

Gap Advice

Gap Work