With the competition for university places intensifying by the year, many college leavers are rejecting the traditional gap year for an experience that will help develop their CV, rather than just their sun tan. Using the time between college and university to undertake volunteer work abroad not only helps you stand out from the crowd in the admittance process, but can also help in the longer term when you come to apply for a job.

Prospective employers are always impressed with people who are able to work on their own initiative, and the fact that you’ve spent your year off doing something constructive will always look positive.

Clearly, you don’t have to make a cast-iron choice about your future career before heading to university, but if you have even a rough idea of the field you may want to go into, you might want to look at volunteering in one of the fields below. Click here to read more »