2What are your concerns about the future? - The recession- Youth unemployment- Graduate unemployment- Tuition fees- The cost of living
3YOUR OPTIONS Go straight to university Go travelling Which of these options do you think would be most appropriate for you when you leave school / college?Get a job and start your careerGo straight to universityGo travellingGet career experienceGo volunteering
4Turn to your worksheet OPTION 1: GET A JOB AND START YOUR CAREER Give one reason why you think this mightbe a GOOD idea FOR YOU.NOT be a good idea for you.
5OPTION 1: GET A JOB AND START YOUR CAREER WHY? I hate studying? I want time for myself?I want money to spend?I have skills that can earn me a living?HOW? Go to job centre, employment agenciesAccess social media and websitesLook in local papersTalk to schools careers serviceApply for an apprenticeshipPROBLEMS? Are there enough well-paid jobs locally?Do I need training for a career?Do all apprenticeships provide good quality training?
6Turn back to the worksheet OPTION 2: GO STRAIGHT TO UNIVERSITYGive one reason for thinking this might be a GOOD idea for you.Give one reason for thinking that this mightNOT be a good idea for you.
7OPTION 2: GO STRAIGHT TO UNIVERSITY WHY? Better career prospectsHigher lifetime incomeLifelong intellectual and cultural enrichmentFun and friendsHOW? Apply at school / college through UCASor after ‘Results Day’PROBLEMS? Do I know enough to choose the right course for me?What about tuition fees, living costs, graduate debt?Are there enough jobs for graduates?
8Turn back to the worksheet OPTION 3: GO TRAVELLINGGive one reason for thinking this might be a GOOD idea for you.Give one reason for thinking this might NOT be a good idea for you.
9Option 3: INDEPENDENT TRAVEL WHY? I need a break!See the world, new experiences and skillsFun and friendsHOW? Use student travel specialists: STA TravelGet safety & health advicePROBLEMS? Will it improve my career prospects?Will I want to go to university afterwards?
10Turn back to your worksheet OPTION 4: GET CAREER EXPERIENCEGive one reason for thinking this might be a GOOD idea for you.Give one reason for thinking this might NOT be a good idea for you.
11OPTION 4: CAREER EXPERIENCE WHY? Improve your CV and employment prospectsRethink your HE & career plansIt may be a requirement for your training or degree courseHOW? Choose between UK or overseas careers experienceUK: YINI, Accountancy, PGL, holiday companies, care sectorUK: Day release degrees with part-time studyOverseas: BUNAC, Oyster, Gap Canada, Work NZ, etcPROBLEMS? If you work overseas, there will be costs
12Go back to your worksheet OPTION 5: VOLUNTEERGive one reason for thinking this might be a GOOD idea for you.Give one reason for thinking this might NOT be a good idea for you.
13OPTION 5: VOLUNTEER OVERSEAS WHY? Experience a different worldGive something back, make a differenceTime and space to rethink your futureImprove your CV and employment prospectsThere are opportunities for travel afterwardsHOW? Raise the money (a valuable experience)Research reputable, ethical organisationsMinimum months project workIndependent travel afterwardsPROBLEMS? Costs: £2000 to £5000Will you want to go to university afterwards?
14PLAN FOR AN OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE (A ‘Year Out’ lasts 15 months) Raise the money yourselfIt’s a valuable experience.A project in a working situation2 to 3 months minimum if you want to make a real contribution.Go travellingTravel and accommodation in the region where you have been workingwon’t cost much.
15MINI GAP EXPERIENCES Most gap organisations offer short projects HOW LONG? 2 weeks to 3 monthsWHEN? Summer after A levels / Level 3 coursesDuring university summer vacationsGive the project as long as you can spare.
16MAXI GAP EXPERIENCES Project Trust The Year in Industry Organisations requiring 11 months commitmentProject TrustThe Year in IndustryDon’t be put off by the length of these programmes.They are very highly regarded by universities and employers.
17WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO GO STRAIGHT TO UNIVERSITY WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO GO STRAIGHT TO UNIVERSITY? The main optionsTeaching and community work worldwideExpeditions and conservation work worldwideCaring for the disadvantaged (UK or overseas)Paid UK placements in engineering, finance and managementWorking with children: au pair, summer camps, activity centresSkills development: IT, office, business, languagesSports and outdoor pursuits: play, be coached, coach childrenWork & travel programmes: N America, OZ & NZ, China, Russia, etcCareer experience: medical, law, journalism, tourism (UK or overseas)
18Some other possibilities Archaeological digsArt History courses in ItalyCookery coursesDrama at Stratford-on-AvonSki & watersports instructor coursesand many more
19What do past volunteers say? “Every important decision I have made since has been influenced by my gap year experiences” (Minty Gilders, ex Africa & Asia Venture)“If you look at the “buzz” words for any application form or job interview, you can relatethem to a gap year experience: teamwork, leadership, initiative, independence, creativity,resourcefulness, motivation.” (Amy Daw / Green, ex Lattitude)“My gap year gave me the time to pick up new skills and qualifications …..and helpedto guide my career choices. The biggest impact my gap year had on me was increased confidence and maturity.” (Rupert Laing, ex Africa & Asia Venture)“My decision to do a year away is probably the best choice I have made, and I am reaping the benefits to this day.” (Chris Hitch, ex Project Trust)“It has been a great way to experience the culture of a country close up, whilst developinga lot of skills important in my future career and personal life.” (Alex Clarke, ex Raleigh)“The school was absolutely fantastic and the teachers were lovely. They obviously needed our help and really appreciated everything we did.” (Ellen Fitten, Oyster Worldwide)“ I gained knowledge useful for my degree, got sponsored through uni, and I have a year of work experience on my CV.” (Joseph Harris, Year in Industry)
20SOME PHOTOGRAPHS from an environmental research project in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Home, sweet homeRelaxation after workThe camp barCollecting waterThe camp cookhousePassing wildlifeThe camp ‘long drop’Riverside village
29WHY TAKE A GAP YEAR? A break from study and examinations Independence & confidence and a sense of achievementA chance to rethink your futureYou will get more out of universityLearn new skillsImprove your employment prospectsGetting things into perspectiveFun and new friends
30FINANCING YOUR GAP YEAR PROJECT: SOME OPTIONS WHICH CAN PAY FOR THEMSELVESIndustrial / commercial placementsSocial / caring workWorking with children‘Work and Travel’ programmesTHE HIGH COST OPTIONSTeaching / community work overseasExpeditions / conservation workOutdoor pursuits and sportSkills coursesOUR ADVICE: If you DON’T join a project you may spend just as much money doing things a different way.
31HOW MUCH? For most overseas volunteering projects: £2000 to £5000 (depending on length of project, air fares, in-country cost of living)Extended work experience overseas: similar to volunteeringFor travel after the project: a few hundred £s(very cheap accommodation and local transport, unless you go globe trotting)Children’s camps abroad: air ticket and local travel costs(accommodation, food and pocket money usually provided at camp)Ski, watersports, other sports courses: expensive!
32HOW TO RAISE THE MONEY Paid work for part of the year Work as you travelFundraisingLetters to businesses and charitiesBursariesDON’T ASK YOUR PARENTS TO PAY!Fundraising will be part of your experience, and evidence of your skills.
33How to choose your gap year organisation Decide what you want to do.Look at several organisations that match your interests.(Sources: our database; Year Out Group; gapadvice.org; websites)Get contact details of past participants. Talk to them.(Was there a selection process? Were they met on arrival? Was there in-country support? What work did they do? What accommodation was provided? Did they feel safe? Was it value for money?)us if you wish to.(Lawrence Lockhart,
34HOW WE CAN HELPGap Year Fairs is a voluntary organisation which since 1998 has provided free impartial information and advice for post-16 students on taking a gap year or shorter periods of overseas volunteering and career experience. We monitor the gap year market. We recommend and invite to our Fairs only those organisations which offer a genuine educational experience through ethical, value-for-money projects.us at
35Get out of your comfort zone and FINALLYGet out of your comfort zone andGO FOR IT!