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5 Unforgettable Ways to Spend Your Gap Year

The gap year is becoming more and more commonplace among young people. In years gone by, a lot of students would hunt for a job as soon as they graduated. Now, though, this generation are valuing life experience over jumping head first into a career they may not be prepared for. There are two primary reasons that one may choose to take a gap year. Either, first, to boost your career prospects. Or secondly, to get out there and create memories to last you a lifetime. After all, this could be your last real opportunity to do so before responsibility takes a hold of your life. 

Here are five of the most valuable ways to spend those carefree twelve months.

Get Experience

Quite often, the one thing that stops fresh-faced students from landing the job of their dreams straight out of school is a lack of experience. This inexperience can make you feel virtually worthless to the job market. A lot of students settle for lesser work just in order to pay the bills. But, instead, why not focus your year on trying to get a foot in the door of your chosen profession? Check out internships in your field. You may be paid less, but it can lend a massive helping of credibility to the pursuit of your career.

Learn a Language

Learning a foreign language is one of the most effective ways to boost your employment prospects. If you speak more than one language fluently, you open yourself up to a whole host of new career paths. This will add credence to your cv and it's a massive plus in the eyes of potential employers.

Pay Off Debts

When you're fresh out of college or university, chances are you've been saddled with your fair share of debt. It goes without saying, this will follow you around for the crucial period of the next few years. Why not get a head start on becoming debt free and dedicate the next year to paying off as much as you can? Sure, it may not be glamorous, but it's a sensible option.


If you're not quite ready to settle down into the routine you plan to follow for the rest of your life, traveling is a perfectly viable option. Many students use their gap year to see the world and experience new cultures. The Leap has a few ideas of ideal destinations to visit in order to learn and grow. Even better if you can combine this with your working life. Getting a job overseas while creating lasting memories is the preferred option for many students.


If you're looking for a particularly rewarding way to spend your time, look no further. Sure, it won't pay the bills, but you can't put a price on the invaluable experiences you'll enjoy. The feeling you get from helping other people can put a lot of things into perspective as you prepare to settle into your new life. And on top of that? It can be a massive boost to your cv.

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