Senior Student Leadership Team
Creating a CV
The Guide -Stats –
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Choosing a University
How Universities select – power point
Russell Group Universities –Informed Choices Russell Group Universities PDF
How to choose a course – power point
Strategies for success at university – power point
Understanding graduate employment
What is a gap year?
It is usually a constructive 12-month break taken from study or work in order for the individual to pursue other interests, generally markedly different from their regular life or line of work.
Why take a gap year?
Typically, students view it as an opportunity to gain professional or personal experience, achieve specific goals and/or explore personal interests. If you’re considering taking a gap year, it is important to think carefully about whether it’s the right decision for you, and what you might gain from it. If you’re applying for a university course or for a professional role, you’ll be expected to show that your year was not only fun but also productive and meaningful
Reasons for taking a Gap Year
Broaden your view of the world
Gain relevant work experience and key skills
Earn some money
Improve employability with key skills
Disadvantages of a gap year
While there are many benefits to taking a gap year, it’s worth considering that there are also risks involved. Some of the disadvantages of a gap year you might encounter include:
• You’ll be a year behind everyone who graduated high school/secondary school with you,
• It can cost a lot of money to organize and realize.
• You may get injured or sick during your travels
• You might lose something
• You might run out of money
• You might find your break too interesting/distracting, and end up not wanting to go back into formal education.
• Your study skills may have diminished
• Some institutions do not look favourably upon drop year students.
• Travelling for long periods of time can be difficult and uncomfortable.
• You might discover that the gap year provider you chose is unethical, dishonest, or did not deliver what they promised.
• You may simply find that you didn’t get the experience you were hoping for.
Typical Gap Year activities
• Gap year jobs
• Volunteering gap year
• Travelling gap year
How to fund a gap year
Some ideas to help you fund a gap year include:
• Work before you go
• Work during the year (either in one place or while travelling)
• Open a dedicated bank account for savings and add to it regularly
• Fundraise through sponsored events and activities
• Ask your family and friends to donate (perhaps instead of birthday gifts) or ask them for paid chores
• Sell some of your unwanted items online
• Apply for a grant or a loan from government/federal funding bodies, charities and grant-making trusts
• Apply for funding from a local charity or service club
• Apply for a bank loan or a training loan (known in the UK as Career Development Loans)
Independent study and Research
Some students will have already started to develop their independent study skills whilst others will need to work to establish these skills to make transition to A Level easier.
A Level study will be challenging but rewarding. Satisfaction will be gained through independent research and investigation to broaden knowledge base outside of the classroom.
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