Articulate your reasons for taking time out
Knowing what you want from your year out will help you to decide what you want to do and what you what you want to get out of it.
Taking some time out isn't an issue for most employers. However, you will need to identify and communicate the benefits you have gained that will be attractive and relevant to employers.
Do you want to:
- explore the world and learn about different countries and culture?
- 'give something back' by dedicating yourself to an organisation or cause you are interested in?
- develop confidence, new skills, knowledge and work experience in your field?
- research opportunities and make contacts in a specific country or career area?
Presenting your skills
In applications and interviews it is important to highlight aspects of your experience which relate to the post, company and sector. Concentrate on those accomplishments that add value to your profile, for example, by evidencing initiative or showing commitment to relevant causes.
Be specific and pertinent
In order to maximise their effect, describe your duties and achievements in a concise and specific manner. Remember, it is not about making grand statements but articulating your capabilities in professional language.
Make work in other career areas relevant
Identifying the skills gained in jobs not directly related to the post or sector you are applying for might not always feel as easy. However, as long as you make your examples relevant to the job and company, they are still worthwhile.
Highlight the value of life experiences
Your year out preparations and any unplanned incidents during your time away might also provide evidence of resolution, resourcefulness and other sought-after qualities if presented in the right way.
For some excellent examples of how to present your skills professionally, visit our current students' webpage.