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You may decide that you would like to take some ‘time out’ to travel and undertake work experience in the UK or abroad. You may just want to have some fun. Whatever you do, make sure you develop skills, abilities and experiences that will enhance your career prospects.
Future employers will expect you to have made good use of your time out. Even if you ‘just travel’ during your gap year, you will develop maturity and independence, increase your self-awareness, and potentially discover new career options too.
Here are some tips and ideas to consider during your time out:
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
With a TEFL qualification you could find work with a language school in the UK or teach English abroad. Some organisations offer exchange teaching programmes. Opportunities can be found in Japan, China, the Far East, Middle East, parts of Eastern Europe as well as Spain, Italy and Germany. A lot of people use TEFL to fund their gap year travel.
If you are keen to find paid work while you travel, a good starting point for identifying vacancies is the Working Abroad section on prospects.ac.uk. These articles include information about each country’s job market, tips on finding work experience as well as advice about visa and immigration issues.
If you are interested in working your way across the world have a look at www.workaway.info which matches volunteers to hosts.
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