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Working gap years 'more use' than travel

Published: Monday, 30 March 2009   Category: Work Experience

Future graduates have been told that using a gap year, which has become a rite of passage for many school-leavers, as an opportunity for work rather than pleasure is the best option in the current economic climate.

Out of the 130,000 pre-university gap years taken by British students every year, an increasing number will be in the workplace, with Year in Industry applications for educational charity EDT up ten per cent this year, according to the Guardian.

Graduates with work experience as well as a degree will be more attractive to employers and companies are keen to get hold of graduates before they have even gone through university.

Richard Oliver, chief executive of the Year Out Group, told the newspaper: "I would hope that 18-year-olds are beginning to look on gap years more as a career advantage and as something which, after university, will get them a job quickly rather than simply a sangria-fuelled holiday."

The Confederation of British Industry has recently expressed the need for graduates to gain work experience to help make them more employable after university.


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