Taking time out before university

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The A level results are out and the annual gap year exodus is set to be bigger than ever.

Taking time out before university has always been a popular choice, but a huge rise in applications to university – to more than 600,000 – means more than 130,000 applicants could be left without a place even after clearing, and for many a year abroad before trying again would be the ideal way to ease the disappointment.

If this time can be spent constructively in gap year employment it also enhances the prospect of getting a good university placement, and subsequently a good job.

Australia is one of the most popular choices for a gap year with one of the main reasons being the Working Holiday Visa. This allows Brits to work down under for a year, with the potential of staying for another 12 months. In fact, this year there’s been a 21% rise in the number of WHV’s granted to Brits.

In this video UK gap year students working in Oz give advice to those wanting to make the most of their WHV.