Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Taking a year out

If you want to take some time out after your studies, there are a range of opportunities, both in the UK and abroad. In general, employers view taking a year out as a good thing as long as you can outline how the experience has benefited you and could benefit the employer. 

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Why have a year out?

Think carefully about what you want to get out of your year out

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Year out organisations

Selected gap year websites to help you navigate your options

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Questions to ask

Make sure you do your research on the organisations beforehand

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While you are away

Reflect on your successes and check out the job market too

Employers talking with students at a recruitment fair

What do employers think?

The view from employers about taking a year out and advice on job hunting

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Presenting your skills

Practical suggestions to help you sell the skills you have acquired



Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
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