Ask the Experts: How Can my Gap Year Benefit my CV?

It’s time for the weekly blog post that sees one of our well travelled and super knowledgeable Travel Experts attempt to answer a question sent in from one of our blog readers.

This week, after the departure of Amy, we’re welcoming the lovely Lucy from our Leeds Vicar Lane store into the hot seat. So, what will Lucy be faced with on her first week as an Expert on the blog? Let’s find out… This week’s question comes from Laurie in Edinburgh.

Hi I’m thinking of taking a year out after I finish uni next year but have no idea what I should do. I want to travel, but also maybe do something that will look good on my CV or look attractive to employers when I get home. Any ideas? Thanks, Laurie, Edinburgh.

Fear not Laurie, Lucy’s here and she’s armed with an (almost) super human amount of travel knowledge to help you with your plans. let’s see what she suggests…

Teaching abroad in SouthEast Asia and China is an incredible adventure - and looks fantastic on your CV!

Lucy Bolton from STA Travel Leeds Vicar Lane says…

Hi Laurie! If you’re looking for a gap year with a bit of a twist, why not try teaching abroad. We have some great TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses in places like China, Vietnam, Thailand and Poland. Even if you aren’t interested in teaching as a career there are lots of transferable skills that will look fab on your CV, especially being able to integrate and work within a team who don’t speak your native language!

TEFL is a fantastic way to combine earning some money with travelling – I can’t think of anything better than working and living like a local during the week then heading off to explore vibrant cities and beautiful beaches over the weekend. You can then spend the second half of your year travelling further afield and spending all your hard-earned money! Why not teach in Thailand, then travel through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, finishing your trip with some incredible scenery on the Tran Mongolian Vodka Train back through China, Mongolia and Russia!

A Trans Mongolian advernture is something a little bit different.

Another option would be to look at volunteering. We have so many projects all over the world that would be a great addition to your CV. You could get involved with sports coaching in South Africa, take part in community building projects in Fiji or even help at a conservation project in the Galapagos Islands. Volunteering is a great way to give something back to all these amazing countries you will be visiting.

Great work Lucy! If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, why not send our Experts an email, and ask for their advice on your own travelling plans.