Taking a year out is increasingly becoming a consideration for graduates and students alike. Despite mounting debts graduates recognise the benefits to personal development that a well-planned year out can offer. This can enhance your CV and offer an employer many skills that are in demand by graduate recruiters.
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A year out between university and your first graduate job can offer you an exciting, challenging and valuable learning opportunity, be it in the UK or overseas. For example HBOS (formerly Halifax Plc) points out:
"From our point of view a year out shows independence, strength of character and the ability to plan ahead."
A former graduate recruiter for BP says:
"A well-organised gap year largely spent overseas is a powerful way of developing many of the personal characteristics that BP seeks in graduate recruits: initiative in planning the year, the commercial and influencing skills often deployed in raising money at the start, the teamwork involved in many projects, the drive that is needed to succeed in a very different environment and the international perspective developed from immersion in another culture. Above all the experience as a whole builds confidence - the confidence that comes from tackling a major challenge and succeeding."
Your time away does not necessarily have to be 12 months, it could be a few weeks or months but it should show a degree of commitment; the longer the placement, the greater the commitment.
One word - RESEARCH! You could have the best time of your life or waste a golden opportunity for your own development and for your employment prospects.
There are several so it's best to google search 'Gap years' or 'work abroad'. Follow our useful guide below and it should identify who can help. The questions you are asking should something like the following:
1. Programme selection
3. What exactly will I be doing?
4. What's the cost?
5. The organisation
6. Before you go
7. During your placement
8. After your return
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