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Gap years 'welcomed' by employers

Published: Thursday, 29 May 2008   Category: Work Experience

Employers are increasingly willing to defer graduate entry into their firms for the purposes of travel, it has been claimed.

Vanessa Robinson of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said today they are recognising the benefits of gap years for the individual and the company they work for.

She stated that if employers want graduates of the highest calibre as new entrants, they have to accept that travelling is "what people want to do".

"On the whole I think they are embracing that and seeing gap years as something that can be very positive for the future employability of an individual," she added.

"It gives them a different and possibly rounder experience than they would have had if they'd have gone straight into work after university."

A new survey by the Year Out Group has claimed volunteering is now the most popular gap year choice.

Some 76 per cent of those organising a gap year with the company were aged between 18 and 24.

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