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Gap years 'must be planned to boost graduate job chances'

Published: Monday, 08 September 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment | Work Experience

People planning a gap year should choose carefully if they want to gain skills which will come in useful when applying for a graduate job, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Guardian, Richard Oliver, chief executive of the Year Out Group, explained that simply travelling is not enough to impress prospective employers.

Mr Oliver said: "Just saying I've travelled through New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and China for six months will mean little to the person who is interviewing you."

However, if people spend some of this time teaching English as a foreign language, then this will be "interesting" to big firms, especially if they are planning on doing business in the country in question.

Last week, research by TalentDrain, found that those in graduate jobs are more than happy to seek employment elsewhere if their current firm does not meet their needs.

According to the study, complacent businesses risk losing high-flyers to competitors if they do not take action to address the situation.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18769307-ADNFCR

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