Students & graduates
Students & graduates
The great thing about student and graduate travel is that it is a period of life when you have the time on your hands to really get stuck in to some serious travelling. Whether you want to set off before or after your studies you can take a breather and get some valuable experience. Here are a few tips on how to use your gap year to make your CV stand out from the rest...
How your CV can benefit from travelling - the skills section
Giving examples of different skills is a good way of organising your CV if you don't have a long employment history. (Most school/college leavers don't!)
Here are some examples of how your CV can benefit from travelling:
- Drew up a schedule, planned and held fundraising activities, and made sure I made enough money to pay the balance of my gap year trip before the departure date.
- Was fully prepared for travelling around Asia and Australasia - prioritised things I had to do before leaving: vaccinations, visas, booking flight, buying necessary equipment etc.
- While teaching English in Brazil - drew up lesson plans and kept track of what the different classes were learning.
- While doing some sports volunteering in Ghana - drew up a schedule for training sessions and competitions.
- Built up a rapport with people from different backgrounds - local children and adults, local staff, fellow travellers etc.
- Worked with local staff to build a house, devised activities for an orphanage, implemented a health care program etc.
- Worked with other members of the group to prepare meals while travelling around Central America.
- Often took on the role of mediator/motivator while travelling in a group.
Using your initiative
- Overcame the problems posed by a lack of teaching resources and sports facilities in South Africa.
- Set up a new after-school programme in Cambodia.
- Reacted calmly when faced with problems - luggage being delayed, losing a credit card etc.
- Gave lessons to large classes in Kenya.
- Gave talks on wombats at a wildlife centre in Australia.
How your CV can benefit from travelling - qualifications
If you're unsure about taking a gap year trip, remember you could earn an internationally recognised qualification. Our options include a PADI scuba diving course, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), a skiing instructor course and more.
Your CV can benefit from a gap year trip more than you think!