Gap Year Advice

Have you just received your A-level results and wondering what to do next? Maybe a gap year is on the cards to gain some valuable ‘life experience’ before heading off to uni or embarking on your career.

With over 800,000 18 to 24 year olds out of work or full-time education at the moment* ‘gappers’ are taking this opportunity to travel or gain work experience abroad by going on a gap year.

Gaining work experience in your chosen field, or learning a foreign language whilst on your gap year is time well spent according to the admissions team at the University of Warwick. Alison Rowan the university’s communications project manager says: “The only things that interest us in gap years are plans by students to work in areas related to their degree subject or to travel specifically to develop a foreign language.”**

A stint of charity work on a CV is certainly a plus for employers, especially if it’s related to your chosen route of employment. Karl Bygrave, a director of Lush Cosmetics says: “For us, it’s interesting if people have done charity work. We support a lot of different projects around the world, so those who have experienced the reality of charity work bring a view with them.”**

With overall pass rates in this year’s A-levels rising to 97.5 per cent, competition for places at university will be harder than ever before.* Students can gain valuable work experience while on a gap year, giving them a better chance of finding employment when they return.

Useful links:For advice on where to travel and how to plan your gap year, click on the links below:

Remember to pack your Backpacker Gap Year travel insurance!For those going on a gap year, the cheapest option is most likely to be a Backpacker travel insurance policy which allows you to choose cover for longer durations, typically up to a maximum of 18 months. It is important that you remember to check that the Backpacker travel insurance policy offers you the level of cover that you need for your trip before you buy it.

24/7 Backpacker travel insurance is ideal cover for a gap year and is available from only £21.62!† – great value for peace of mind whilst travelling!

* Source – August 09

** Source – The Telegraph August 09

† Premium £21.62 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on 1 adult aged under 36 taking out a 24/7 travel insurance “Standard” (Worldwide excluding USA, Canada & Caribbean) Backpacker travel insurance policy for 2 months. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (September 2009) and are subject to change.