John Lee presents excellent advice on how to promote your talents in light of the fact that you’ve taken time off for a gap year. He says that strong candidates use their gap year experiences to
- First, they show this was a deliberate choice, not something they drifted into.
- Second, they talk about the complicated planning and people skills required to make the break happen.
- Third,they relate what they learned from the experience and how it changed them.
- Finally, they talk about how this time away from work has reshaped their attitude to the job, by showing how they have a whole new range of qualities to bring to the workplace.
“A career break or gap year should also demonstrate confidence and an ability to make things happen, often through good planning and negotiation skills, and will often be a good way of showing you can improvise solutions under pressure and on a shoestring budget.
“Whatever the event, be clear about what you want to do next. An interviewer will assume a lack of commitment to career planning unless you make it absolutely clear that you are now focused entirely on the next steps of your working life.
Himalayan Connections Staff
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