Advice for school leavers
You may be looking at deferred entry or taking a gap year. This section provides specific advice on the options, and how taking a gap year after leaving high school is most definitely a good thing!
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What are the advantages of deferring a place at university?
You don't need to be studying Maths to work out that postponing university gives you 15 or so months to do something. By deferring and taking a gap year, you're giving yourself a chance to do something unusual and rewarding - like taking time out to go travelling, trying out new things, discovering different cultures or getting paid work abroad to help you at university
Plus! Taking a gap year often helps people mature and become more confident and able to deal with the demands of university.
What do universities think about deferring a placey?
Most universities agree with us, and believe that applying for deferred entry and taking a gap year allows students to have a worthwhile, constructive experience. You should obviously check what your university-to-be says, but here are a couple of examples:
Melbourne University: “For some students the thought of going on to more study after the rigours of Year 12, is not an appealing idea and many choose to take a gap year instead. Deferring essentially means taking time (usually a semester or year) off before commencing university. This works well for some students who use the time to do paid work, short courses or travel. The key is to have a plan for what to do with this time off and to use it wisely to help clarify what it is you actually want to do.”
Putting a Gap Year on your CV
Your gap year is likely to be one of the best experiences of your life and with a little bit of thought, you can make it work for you for years to come - something you might want to bear in mind over the next 12 months.
After university, or perhaps even during it, you'll be applying for jobs and your gap year can add a bit of sparkle to your CV. Employers look for people with transferable skills who've done something different, your CV will show employers that you're a bright, independent-thinking and motivated people-person whom they should be desperate to employ.