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Why take time out

Why take time out

Why take time out

The prospect of taking time out after university is tempting and most employers have a positive attitude to candidates who have spent their time productively. There are many options open to you, but it is worthwhile having some objectives to ensure that you broaden your horizons, increase your skills and confidence and, of course, gain memorable experiences along the way.

Benefits of taking time out

  • You can gain insight into your future career - particularly if you spend your time getting work experience or undertaking voluntary work in a particular sector.
  • You can develop your employability skills - taking time out can develop many of the transferable skills that employers are looking for, but you need to be aware of them. Consider keeping a blog or a journal of your experiences to reflect upon on your return. 
  • If travelling it can give you the chance to experience different cultures and see the world. 

Things to consider

Think about the following before you make any big decisions. This will ensure that you progress during your time out and return ready to sell your experiences to an employer. 

  • Why are you taking time out?
  • What do you want to achieve in that time?
  • If you are going abroad, will you be away for the recruitment and selection season for graduate jobs? For more information on this check out our page on [deferred entry].
  • What you are going to gain from the experience that will make you more employable?
  • How far in advance should you consider taking time out? Will it involve a lot of planning?
  • Can you afford it?

How we can help you

We have a number of useful books and resources in our careers information room. You can also discuss your options with one of our expert staff through our drop-in service at the Careers Centre.