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Ever since Prince William embarked on his “value added” gap year, teaching in South America, working on a farm in the UK and building walkways being amongst his projects, the concept of the gap year has changed.
UCA’s confirm that seven percent of all students with confirmed places at university in 2008 will take a gap year.
That is over 30,000 young people setting out to conserve Rhino’s in Africa or doing some sort of unpaid internship with an international company.
So what is your future employer really looking for when he scans your CV?
Simon Owen, partner at global proffesional advisory firm Deloitte, agrees that a gap year should be a carefully considered choice. ” I head a team of 550 people and we take on 120 new staff every year.
Whenever I see a gap year on an application form, I want to know that there was a process of planning involved. Aimless globe-hopping is not going to impress me, but a series of well thought out projects of reasonable duration will make me sit up and take notice.”
Richard Broom, Admisssion’s officer for undergraduates at City University London says 600-700 would-be students apply for deferred entry each year, and it can be a positive advantage. “students who take this option tend to return more mature and well-rounded,” he says. But it’s not the case that anything goes.” The most important thing is that the student has thought about why he or she wants to defer and can explain it coherently,” he says.
Specialist travel insurer Holidaysafe comments” work life balance is important too, time spent trecking, scuba diving or paragliding is also a valuable part of the whole experience but whatever you decide do make sure you are well protected by your gap year travel insurance with top up cover for the specialist activities you plan to undertake. Many of those taking gap year travel insurance fail to realise that these slightly higher risk activities may not be included in the standard package.”
Source: Telegraph.co.ukPlease note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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