Taking a break from work or education. Taking a Gap Year.
Are you thinking about taking some time out from work?
Maybe you are considering taking a gap year before college or university?
Why take a break?
A break from either work or education can be a great way to:
- Gain valuable work experience and develop new skills
- Travel to broaden your experiences and maybe learn a new language. Find out where learning a language could take you in our Careers in Languages and Culture.
- Give you time to study or return to learning
- Work for yourself and maybe try out a business idea
- Give you a breathing space to help decide what you would like to do next
There are lots of important factors to consider and taking time to weigh up the pro’s and con’s will help you to decide whether it is right for you.
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Plan! Plan! Plan!
Whatever your reasons for wanting to take a break, it is so important that you plan carefully, so that it works well for you and gives you the experience or skills you need to take you onto your next step.
There are so many exciting opportunities. You could be coaching young football teams in America, volunteering for an aid charity abroad or in the UK, teaching English as a foreign language or completing that qualification you need to improve your job opportunities.
Whatever your ideas, we are here to help. To chat to an adviser contact us now!
Explore the opportunities that might suit you.
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Important changes to student finance for Higher Education
If you’re thinking about taking a gap year before you go to uni you need to know that from September 2018 there are important changes to student finance planned that could affect how much financial support you get.
Changes to student finance will mean that every student from Wales will receive help with living costs of at least £1,000. Plus, depending on their household income and where they live during term time, they could receive an additional living cost grant of up to £8,100 (if they live outside London) or £10,124 (if they live in London). If a student lives at home during term time, the total maximum living cost grant they could get is £6,650.
A living cost loan will be available to top up the amount of grant support students are eligible for. So, if a student receives a partial living cost grant they could take out a living cost loan to cover the difference between the grant amount and the maximum level of living cost support they’re entitled to.
Eligible students can get a student loan to cover the full tuition fee. Repayments will only begin once graduates earn a salary above £21,000. You can find out more about student loans by visiting www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.
Every eligible part-time undergraduate would get support similar to a full-time undergraduate, but the amounts will vary proportionately according to the amount of time spent studying.
For more information on all the changes visit http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/highereducation/student-finance
Taking a Gap Year
Returning to learning
Working for yourself