Find out more about gap years and how to plan them, whether volunteering abroad or gaining industry specific experience closer to home. Learn about the skills you can gain and how they can help your career.
Many people consider taking a gap year to travel and experience more of the world, as well as undertake work experience that will give them new skills and make them more employable. We take a look at the kinds of gap year experiences out there, how they can help your career, as well as provide advice on finances and companies that will help you plan your gap year.
We also take a look at specific engineering gap year opportunities such as the Year in Industry scheme.
The purpose of a gap year, the different opportunities and destinations out there and how to plan the best gap year for you.
Are you taking a gap year for all the right reasons? Think hard, as you won’t gain much from the experience if you’re just looking for an extended stay on a beach!
Aside from having a lot of fun, creating some great memories and making a lot of friends, gap years are highly valued by employers for the skills and character they can help develop.
Want an engineering-focused gap year experience that will see you gain industry-specific skills and experience? Here’s some info on the options available…
Links to further information on gap years and organisations that offer them.
Gap year costs and funding - advice on saving, budgeting and getting paid during your year out.
Sean Tipton from ABTA - The Travel Association offers guidance on how to enjoy a healthy and safe trip if you plan to go travelling during your gap year…
Young engineers share their gap year stories: from undertaking a year in industry to volunteering across the world.