Students discover what a difference a year makes

February 2012

A year out between school and going to university or college is a good way of seeing the world and gaining valuable skills to boost your CV

Gap years have long become a tried and tested option for youngsters who what to broaden their horizons after school or university.

However, the trips will also be an opportunity to show off their own skills and hopefully leave behind a lasting impression.

What’s more, they are both aware that in today’s economic climate, anything that might help their CV stand out is no bad thing.

Rosie Chare, aged 20, from Holt Heath, near Worcester, will head to Shanghai in China to work for a law firm through volunteering organisation Projects Abroad.

The law student will spend four weeks as a volunteer at the firm before a two-week holiday with her boyfriend.

The former Worcester Sixth Form College student said: “I took a gap year after sixth form and went to South East Asia for three months, going to places including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore.

“I loved the pace of life and culture. The people were lovely and the way they lived was lovely.

“China is a bit more fast paced because it’s a developing country so it might be interesting to see what’s going on there.”

Rosie, who is in her first year of law at the University of Gloucestershire, said her experience would be centred on corporate and intellectual property law, mergers and acquisitions as well as banking law and taxation.

She said: “Projects Abroad had the exact experience I wanted to do. I’m studying contract law this year so that will be the most relevant one for me.

“I don’t know what I’ll be doing yet. It might be filing and paperwork.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to take part as much as I can and get some law experience.

“It’s really hard to get work experience in England so as I was interested in China, it seemed like a perfect way to combine it with some law work experience.”

Rosie will fly to Shanghai on Thursday, June 14, where she will stay for four weeks before travelling to Beijing and Cheng Du for a holiday.

The trip will not be cheap. Her flights and accommodation will cost more than £2,000 which she hopes to pay for out of savings. As well as vital work experience, she believes the trip will be a personal challenge.

She said: I’ve heard it’s hard to travel in China. The driving is crazy, I don’t speak Chinese at all so it’s going to be a big challenge.

“It’s a changing country and a developing one. It will be an interesting place to go. They are a work-driven people and it seems they have a good work ethic. I hope to come back with the same ethic.”

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