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If you didn’t take a gap year before university, and are tired of jealously listening to how your friends spent theirs, it’s not too late to take some time off yourself. While the easiest time to have a gap year is before or after uni, having a break after your first or second year could really help both your degree and career prospects. A gap year during university is sometimes called a sandwich year, meaning a year that’s not spent at the university, but can part of the degree programme. This can be spent on work placements within the industry you’re studying, or other practical experience that will help you with your degree. Courses that offer this sometimes have the word sandwich in the title so you know to expect this – it will add a year to the overall programme, but give you valuable skills to help you find work after you graduate. Some companies offer year-long placements that are ideal for this, but you need to get your applications in early as spots are very competitive.
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