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
- 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.