2What are your concerns? TIMES ARE TOUGH FOR STUDENTS - The recession - Youth unemployment- Graduate unemployment- Tuition fees- InflationTHINGS ARE NOT GOING TO GET BETTER ANY TIME SOON
3What to do about it? Option 1: Get a job Option 2: Go straight to universityOption 3: Go travellingOption 4: Get work experienceOption 5: Go volunteering
4OPTION 1: GET A JOB 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 agenciesLook in local papersTalk to schools careers serviceThere are always ‘unsocial’ jobs availablePROBLEMS? Not enough well-paid jobs locally?Lose contact with friends?I need training for a career?
5OPTION 2: GO STRAIGHT TO UNIVERSITY WHY? Better career prospectsHigher lifetime incomeLifelong intellectual and cultural enrichmentFun and friendsHOW? Apply at school / college through UCAS, orApply after ‘Results Day’PROBLEMS? How to choose the right courseMight I drop out?Tuition fees, living costs, graduate debtAre there enough jobs for graduates?
6Option 3: INDEPENDENT TRAVEL WHY? I need a break!See the world, new experiencesFun and friendsHOW? Use student travel specialists: STA TravelGet safety & health adviceCOSTS? How long is a piece of string?PROBLEMS? Will it improve my career prospects?Drunken British teenagers on the rampage?Will I want to go to university afterwards?
7OPTION 4: WORK EXPERIENCE WHY? Improve your CV and employment prospectsPut some money in the bank for universityRethink your HE & career plansHOW? Choose: UK or overseas?UK: YINI, Accountancy, PGL, holiday companies, etcUK: Day release degreesOverseas: BUNAC, Oyster, Gap Canada, Work NZ, etcPROBLEMS? If you work overseas, there will be costsWill you miss out on the fun?Will you spend all the money you earn?
8OPTION 5: VOLUNTEER WHY? Experience a different world Give something back, make a differenceTime and space to rethink your futureImprove your CV and employment prospectsHOW? 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?What do your parents think about gap years?
9PLAN FOR A VOLUNTEERING GAP YEAR (A gap year lasts 15 months) A project or programme in a working situationIndependent travelRaise the money yourself
10MINI GAP VOLUNTEERING Most gap organisations offer short projects HOW LONG? 2 weeks to 3 monthsWHEN? Summer after A levelsUniversity vacationsOUR ADVICE: Give the project as muchtime as you can spare
11What 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, age 16, to do a year away is probably the best choice I have made, and I am reaping its 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)
20WHAT CAN YOU DO IN A GAP YEAR? The main options Teaching 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, etcWork experience: medical, law, journalism, tourism (UK or overseas)…… and many more
21Some other possibilities ArchaeologyArt History courses in ItalyCookery coursesDrama at Stratford-on-AvonSki & watersports instructor coursesand many, many more
22WHY 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
23FINANCING YOUR GAP YEAR: 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 other things, or doing nothing!
24HOW TO RAISE THE MONEY Fundraising DON’T ASK YOUR PARENTS TO PAY! Paid work for part of the yearWork as you travelFundraisingLetters to businesses and charitiesBursariesDON’T ASK YOUR PARENTS TO PAY!
25How 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.com; 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,
26FINALLYGet out of your comfort zone andGO FOR IT!