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'Gap years shouldn't hamper job prospects'

26 January 2009 09:58

'Gap years shouldn't hamper job prospects'

Students and workers thinking about taking a gap year should have no concerns that is may spoil their future ambitions, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Vanessa Robinson, a research advisor with the firm, states that this is especially true if the person can demonstrate that for at least part of the time that they spend out of work they have done something which can add to their CV, like voluntary work in their chosen field or setting up a small business.

New research from the Year Out Group found volunteering to be the top choice for a gap year placement.

Those that take a gap year often travel abroad to take in some worldly sights or gain experience in working under different conditions in a totally new environment.

Specialist gap year travel insurance is available and should be a necessity for the amount of time a gap year traveller is away and therefore runs the risk of suffering a problem.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18613335-ADNFCR