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Why have a year out


Knowing what you want from your year out will help you select the right option. Common reasons to have a year out are:

  • to travel and live abroad before launching into your career
  • to “give something back” by dedicating yourself to an organisation or cause you are interested in
  • to develop confidence, new skills, knowledge and  work experience in your field
  • to research opportunities and make contacts in a specific country or field 

What are your options?

Your motivations and goals will be key in deciding what kinds of activities to undertake during your time away. You could:

  • get a job, for example a temporary full or part-time position 
  • volunteer
  • travel
  • study - perhaps a short or part-time course

Many people mix and match some or all of the above activities e.g. working for a while to save up for travel. Whatever taking time out means for you, focus on your motives and the potential benefits. 

Taking time out can also help you to make a decision about your future - but make sure you're not just putting off the inevitable. 

Careers and Employability Service

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