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How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

gapyMost people will take a gap year after attending college to figure out what career path they want to follow. If you are one of them, there are a number of things you can do during your gap year to help you decide your next move. Check out our tips below on how to make the most of a gap year.

Travelling

Many people will consider travelling although you may think it isn’t very beneficial. But travelling can not only open you up to new opportunities, you can learn a lot about yourself and your career aspirations. If you are planning on travelling you can learn a new language, take part in charity work, visit local communities, see sights and network. A lot of this will add value to your CV template and it also means you have got the ‘travelling bug’ out of your system which will demonstrate you are ready for a stable job once you return.

Work Experience

Doing work experience on your gap year will enable you to build content on your CV and it will also help you to decide what job you want to do after college. Spend time handing out your CV template to local employers and work on your CV writing. After you have completed a few months of work experience, you should have a good grounding to start applying for your dream job.

Charity Work

Whether it’s abroad or on home soil, volunteering can be very rewarding. There are thousands of places you can volunteer – homeless shelters, charity shops and natural disaster areas are just a few places you can help. This is worth considering on your gap year if you want to pursue a career in charity.

Whatever you choose to do during your gap year, you will be sure to pick up invaluable experiences and some great transferrable skills. Dedication, self motivation and accuracy are required in all of the above and are all skills employers find attractive. Not only will a gap year help you to decide whether university is right for you, it will help you build valuable contacts and CV tips. For more information on gap years take a look at The Career Break Site which is packed full of ideas and resources for taking five from work.