Gap years: 8 ways to get more from a year out

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Gap years may become more popular than ever this year and next. With exam results in the UK now out (and many left confused and/or disappointed), many young people are now thinking about their future career prospects. And with many university courses now entirely online, a gap year is perhaps more tempting than ever.

Gap years may have previously called to mind adventurous jet setting across the globe, but this year, most will be planning to stay closer to home. So how do you turn several months off into a productive experience that sets you in good stead for your next step? Read on for some tips and tricks to help you get more from your gap year. 

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Mabel Wynne

Mabel is a freelance writer, artist and filmmaker. When she's not writing about the arts industry, books or culture, she's working on writing and illustrating her stories or developing experimental filmmaking projects. Working in journalism, poetry, documentary-filmmaking, illustration and fiction, storytelling is at the heart of what she does. She started writing articles in online magazines when she was seventeen. After training at the BFI Academy and then studying at UAL, she is now continuing to write articles while she works on creating and launching her first books and films.