Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Taking a year out

If you want to take some time out after your studies there are a range of opportunities, both in the UK and abroad. In general, employers view taking a year out as a good thing as long as you can outline how the experience has benefited you and could benefit the employer. 

Why have a year out?


Think carefully about what you want to get out of your year out

Year out organisations


Selected gap year websites to help you navigate your options


Questions to ask


Make sure you do your research on the organisations beforehand

While you are away


Reflect on your successes and check out the job market too


What employers think


The view from employers and advice on job hunting

Presenting your skills


Practical suggestions to help you sell the skills you have acquired




Careers and Employability Service

The University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
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