Working is an essential part of a gap year, whether you want to stay at home or go away; 80% of young people who take a gap year do some work in the UK during this period. There are different options for working, from where you do it to how long you do it for. The main thing is to identify what suits you, and your gap year plans the best.

If you want to travel for a large chunk of the year, you could take on a full-time job from September-January, to save up enough money. If this is the case, it may be beneficial to look for a job with flexible hours and the ability to leave at short notice. Opportunities like these found in:

  • Supermarkets
  • Pubs and Bars
  • Café’s
  • Office administration roles
  • Receptionist roles
  • Retail

Alternatively, you might choose to take a gap year as a way to save your next step. For many students who have just completed A levels, this is the only way they can afford to go to university and should be considered a dedicated and proactive choice. If this is the case for you, you may not require an as flexible job, providing you with a more extensive range of roles to choose from.

You could take on a role in a school or university which requires you to be there for a full academic year. These roles include things such as disability support staff, administration, enrolment assistance, and catering services.

Another good option for full-time employment during a gap year is remote working. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many employers are much more comfortable providing remote work, which theoretically means you could take your job anywhere, should the opportunity arise. The jobs most likely to be transferred into remote working are those that can rely on technology, including administration roles, copywriting, customer services, and editing. These would be perfect for a gap year as you’re not tied to one location!

There are many benefits to full-time working during a gap year as you gain valuable practical skills, which will set you up for whatever you chose to do next. By taking a full-time job, you will spend your year developing these critical skills:

  • Punctuality and timekeeping
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Communication
  • Dedication and self-motivation
  • Ability to use your initiative
  • Customer service
  • Professionalism

Many people leave school and go straight to university or into a job, so by using this time to develop these skills, you are putting yourself ahead of the competition. It’s good practice to start earning your own money as you can learn how to budget and save; spend money on things you care about, and enjoy the world without relying on your parents.

For more information on work experience and summer jobs, visit our dedicated pages.