Graduates facing a tough employment market choose the gap year route instead

Press Release 2010-03-25


It’s the hectic time of year where students across the UK are preparing for their final exams, rushing through those last pieces of coursework and looking forward to a well-earned break from study. While the next step for most of those approaching the end of their degree would be to enter the world of work, an increasing number of graduates are choosing an altogether different path.


A recent study conducted by, a leading employer and graduate matchmaking website, has found that 12% of graduates intend to take a gap year rather than take their chances in a difficult employment market. Though the economic downturn is on its way back up, there is still a long way to go, and with only 5% of job applications resulting in interviews, the freedom and adventure of gap year travel has a considerable appeal.


While taking a gap year is a great way to avoid the employment blues and take some time out, it can also offer the chance to gain useful life experience and develop new skills. In a tough employment market many graduates are looking for travel options that will not only offer a refreshing change from study, but also enhance their employment prospects.


Gap year companies such as Real Gap provide travellers with a range of exciting opportunities across over 35 different destinations around the globe. Explorers can combine adventure with worthwhile and career-boosting experiences such as volunteering, teaching abroad, and a number of certificated courses.  Graduates also have the option to mix volunteering with cultural immersion on a variety of tours such as the Thailand Experience and the Kruger to Coast Volunteer Adventure.


For graduates who make up the 34% of those looking for work abroad, Real Gap also offer several paid work programmes, giving travellers the chance to test drive a new career or even start a new life abroad. Travellers with a longer haul journey in mind spend a year away with The Real Ultimate Aussie Package or the New Zealand Paid Work programme, or opt for the China Paid Teaching with TEFL option; a fantastic way to get a TEFL qualification and put newly learnt skills to the test with both 6 month and 12 month placements.


Speaking about the current situation for graduates, Marketing Manager Lauren Mackay was keen to emphasise the benefits of taking a gap year ‘gap year travel not only offers the opportunity to take a break from years of study, it’s also a great way to get some life experience and to gain skills that can help graduates to stand out from the crowd when it comes to searching for a job.’

Students and graduates considering gap year travel can find out more about Real Gap’s range of travel options at or call 01892 516164 to speak to one of the company’s expert advisers.


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