University of Derby Gap Year

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University of Derby Gap Year

University of Derby Gap Year, In the 17th and 18th centuries the concept of the “grand tour” gained popularity among wealthy young members of the British nobility. An early ancestor of the gap year, the fashion was to travel overland through Europe gaining a cultural and personal education, returning with trinkets and scholarly artefacts as a souvenir of your experiences.

Nowadays, gap years have evolved and no longer require an army of valets accompanying their masters’ rakish progress towards Italy, although the idea of dedicating some time to self-improvement before beginning a career or continuing education has remained. But with university fees rising, competition for places more energetic than ever and the global economic situation looking determinedly gloomy, it could be easy to dismiss the gap year as a frivolous waste of time.

However, a gap year – whatever form it takes – still has a lot to offer. For a start, both universities and employers value the boost it can give a candidate’s CV. “Most recruiters look favourably upon graduates who have taken gap years,” explains Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters. “Employers are looking for graduates who can demonstrate skills such as team work, communication and leadership, and these kinds of transferable skills can be developed on well-planned and productive gap years.”

A well-planned and productive gap year can come in many different shapes and sizes, and certainly doesn’t have to be about backpacking through Asia for several months (although this remains a popular option). It’s all about the preparation, and that means beginning at the end, says Tom Hall, of the guidebook publisher Lonely Planet. “The best way to approach the gap year is to picture yourself at the end of it, and think about what you want to have done and seen and what skills and experiences you’d like to pick up,” he explains.