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the gap-year guidebook 2011 November 29, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases.

The latest edition of the gap-year guidebook has landed back from the printers and is heading out to leading bookshops around the UK. The 2011 issue is the 19th version of this popular guide providing informative and unbiased advice for those considering spending time travelling, studying, volunteering or working at home and abroad.

With all the uncertainty and controversy surrounding higher education in the UK at the moment, gap-years are a topical subject for youngsters and their parents. Here’s what Richard Oliver, chief executive of the Year Out Group said in his introduction to the guidebook:

In general terms university admission tutors look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate that they have a considered plan for their year out programme. Universities know that students who have taken a well structured gap-year arrive refreshed and focused and have a very high probability of completing their chosen course. These students are more mature, more globally aware and have acquired skills and experiences that enable them to make a fuller contribution to their course and university life in general. Some universities have capped the percentage of applicants they will allow to defer in order to take a gap-year. This suggests they have seen through the recent trend for gap-year participants to sign up for very short placements just to get a tick in the box.

The same applies to employers. Employers actively seek graduates who can demonstrate that they have gained valuable skills and experiences during their gap year. Employers are looking for signs of commitment, team work, project and risk management and negotiating skills, global awareness and ideally language skills as well. Recent research by Year Out Group has shown that 60 percent of those taking gap-year placements with a Year Out Group member are female. In the UK only 11 percent of female graduates were unemployed one year after graduating compared with 17 percent of their male counterparts. One message from these figures is that young males could benefit more than they realise by committing to a structured gap-year programme.

Thank you to all those companies who took the opportunity to showcase their products and services to our readers, and thanks also to the organisations who provided information to help make the guidebook as up-to-date as possible and the most comprehensive on the market.

They are: GapAid; GirlsTravelClub.co.uk; Fair Trade Volunteering; CSV; Career Sage; Hope for Harambee; Tourism Concern; Medic Alert; Cancer Research; Volunteer England; Careers Partnership UK; Tick Alert; Studential; Interhealth; Travellers Worldwide; Enternships; Year Out Group; Caroline’s Rainbow; Sport Lived; NUS; SusTrans.

Thanks also to those gappers who shared their adventures with us and offered advice to those newbies planning their first trip. And finally, special thanks to three gappers who provided us with some excellent images from their travels to help make the book and website beautiful: thanks to Annie Rice, Pamela Sam and Rachel Gibson.

Here are a selection of Annie’s images: the perfect antedote to the snowy weather we are currently experiencing in England!




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