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Gap year 'beneficial' amid lack of graduate opportunities

Published: Wednesday, 11 August 2010   Category: Gap year, volunteering and charities

Britons looking for graduate vacancies could be well served by taking a gap year in light of the current jobs market, it has been suggested.

Tom Hall, editor of travel guide specialists Lonely Planet, explained that finding work abroad on a year out may represent "time better spent" in the tough economic climate at present.

He also called on universities to ensure that they focus on the benefits of allowing students to take a gap year, rather than presenting them with hurdles.

"The benefits on individuals, and therefore by extension the institutions that they attach themselves to, [of] going away for a period of time, taking steps to learn about the world and better yourself, are undeniable," he commented.

Mr Hall also suggested that the language and communication skills young Britons can pick up on a year abroad will be viewed favourably by prospective employers.

Lonely Planet has now published about 500 titles in eight different languages and sells roughly six million guides every year.

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