Make the most of your Gap Year
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Gap year options are vast and greatly varied but their value depends on what you are hoping to get out of it. Read on to find out how to make the most of your year out. Picture yourself in an interview room. You are wide awake, anticipating the questions you’ve prepared for, ready to show off your academic magnificence, and the interviewers open their mouth. ‘So,’ says one, glancing at your CV; at the dates you finished school and sixth form and the dates you started university. ‘Am I correct in assuming that you took a gap year?’ You nod. ‘Aha,’ replies the interviewer, nodding. ‘Tell me about that year.’ ‘Oh,’ you say, ‘I just worked.’ And immediately the interview becomes rather boring and rather dry. It is the scenario we are all likely to end up in: the one where you are asked to talk about the year of your youth in which you were not acting under instruction or following a syllabus. It sounds exciting: freedom, an entire list of opportunities...it should be exciting. So you don’t want to sit in an interview room and tell the interviewer that you ‘just’ did something. If you worked the entire year don’t make it sound even more boring than it was. Charles Logan, Director at Hays recruiting agency, comments on the subject of gap years. ‘Be clear about the value that it has had. Did you work? Did you learn valuable skills?’ Present your year in a way which focuses on the type of experience which you had, not the little adventures that you enjoyed.
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