With A-level results day just around the corner, delaying your placement and taking a gap year might just be the best decision you make. Young Academic takes a look into why, and the thoughts of renowned travel writer Macca Sherifi.

According to the Department of Education, 88% of students taking a gap year think that the experience adds to employability. This evidence is supported by the YouGov gap year survey, with 63% of HR professionals agreeing that a constructive gap year spent volunteering or gaining work experience makes a job application stand out.

HR Professionals Surveyed…

Over 250 HR professionals were surveyed in the UK. They were asked whether there was any added value in employing someone who has taken a gap year. The results state:

85% agreed that for a job-seeker, relevant work experience was more valuable than an average non-vocational degree.

73% agreed that taking a constructive gap year involving independent travel, working or volunteering overseas was a worthwhile experience for young people.

Gap years make students more employable

Gap Years More Important Than Ever…

Macca Sherifi, author of Your Round the World Trip Planner, said: “Taking a gap year now is more important than ever. Results show that a constructive gap year involving independent travel, volunteering or working abroad really does make a difference to potential employers.

“Delaying university and gaining solid work experience really can put people one step ahead of their peers. With an increasingly difficult careers market, a gap year is a way to learn all the necessary skills in the workplace to bolster employability. Gap years really can make students more employable.

“If students haven’t obtained the required results to go to university, a gap year still remains one of the best available options to travel, to work, to resit and to reapply the following year.”

It is thought that over 5% of A-level students will defer their entry to university this year, with A-level results coming out on August 15.

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