Taking a year out can help you to learn new skills, broaden your horizons, and can be a valuable addition to your CV.

What could you do if you had a whole year to yourself?

Learn a new language? Volunteer? Gain some work experience?

The possibilities are endless, so it helps to think about what you’d like to gain from your gap year.

Taking a year out, at home or abroad, can end up being a valuable addition to your CV and it can give you the chance to earn some money before moving on to further study.

It can also be a chance to take a break from studying before you begin college, university or an apprenticeship – taking some time out can help you to make decisions about what you want to do in the future and which path is right for you.

If you take the time to plan your gap year carefully, you can end up with an experience that can make you more attractive to potential employers or that you can use as part of a university application – especially if you plan your year to fit with your career or university aspirations.

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You can search for volunteering opportunities at www.do-it.org.