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Gap years in UK

Many UK students opt to take a gap year between their secondary schooling and beginning their university education. When you’re young and you have years to spare, it’s probably a good idea to take some time between the major school years to learn more about yourself and the world. UK students looking for something to do during their gap year have a few different options including work, travel, or a combination of the two.

For some students, it might be a good idea to get a part-time job or an internship between graduating from secondary education and beginning university. Now after all of those years of classes and schedules you might be shaking your head at the thought of this, but dipping your toe into the workforce can really help you mature before you leave your parent’s nest, as well as test the different career paths you may wish to consider taking in the future. As many people realize years later after they have graduated university, the thought of a certain career may not actually match up with the reality of that job path, especially when you factor in potential family life, further educational goals, and other similar issues.

Alternatively, you can grab your bags and travel the world. Many soon-to-be university students do more than just backpacking through Europe, but really settle down temporarily into a new country or countries if the spirit moves them. Have you considered teaching English abroad? There are many opportunities for graduated students to come and teach English in other countries, especially in Asia. If you’ve always wanted to live in another country, now is the time.

Other work opportunities may include being an au pair or nanny. Similar to teach abroad positions, many foreign affluent families will pay to have English-speaking nannies live in their homes to interact with their children.

There’s also always the option of volunteering at home or abroad, which can be the best of both worlds in terms of seeking a new cultural experience and gaining work experience and more responsibility at the same time. You don’t have to go alone; there are many UK companies like RealGap that organize volunteer trips for young people. You could volunteer for conservation and wildlife projects abroad, local community projects, assist with orphanages in other countries, and more.

Your gap year is really what you make it. Whether you’d like to stay at home or go abroad, maximize the benefit of your gap year by looking into some of the awesome opportunities available to young people to better acclimate themselves into adult life and have fun while doing so. For flight information and great prices on flights from Johannesburg to London, check out
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