Good evening, everybody.
Today we are delighted to have invited Jim Johnson, a gapyear.com's spokesperson, to talk about gap year.
So whether you're currently deciding whether a gap year is for you or you're just feeling itchy to decide what to do with it, you are welcome to join us.
Well, Jim. Thanks. I'm very pleased to meet you all.
Now let me first ask you a question.
Why should young people be thinking seriously about taking a gap year?
Well, I get asked this question all the time.
People will tell you that a gap year boosts your CV, that it makes you more employable, or that it either prepares you for a life at university.
Well, this is the case, but I find not enough people put an emphasis on just how amazing a gap year really is.
Uh, it's a life changing experience, and it's unbelievable how much fun you can have on a gap year.
So what is the best thing about taking a gap year?
I think taking a gap year is like making a journey.
It's an education, an exploration and an adventure.
You learn so much about exotic cultures and traditions, their culinary art, their political system, their religion.
In each new location, you are learning more and more.
And that also adds more value to yourself, which is the best thing, I think.
What did your gap year involve?
I travelled for two years through Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia, you know, backpacking, volunteering and moonlighting abroad.
So I had a pretty comprehensive gap.
To put it simple, it was the best two years in my life.
It can be difficult to decide what to do and where to go on your gap year.
So what advice would you have for people finding it tricky?
Good question. The most important thing is research and planning.
That is, sit down with a map and a sheet of paper, list where you want to go and why.
Maybe even throw in a pros and cons column.
Others may advise talking to friends with some experience of gap year or browse some online forums, which I personally would not highly recommend.
Don't choose what is the best out there, but what is most appropriate for you.
Okay, let's move on to another question.
Which project would you do if you were taking a gap year?
I'm a bit of a diving nut. So I would go for the Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving Project.
It's got everything you want.
It's relatively cheap, especially when you consider what you're getting, and you get to learn all about marine conservation.
Oh, and it's in Madagascar, one of the best places to go diving in the world.
Do employers or universities care what you've done on your gap year?
Yes, they really do.
If you're studying veterinary science and you volunteer on a wildlife conservation project, then that can really boost your CV and experience levels by doing so.
Recently, at gapyear.com, we conducted a survey asking HR professionals whether a gap year makes a job applicant more employable.
63% agreed that a constructive gap year, either just a few months or a year sharp spent volunteering or gaining work experience overseas, makes your job application stand out.
So the evidence is there.
This is the end of Part One of the interview.
Questions 1 to 5 are based on what you've just heard.
Question 1.What is Part One of the interview mainly about?
Question 2.According to the man, why should young people think seriously about taking a gap year?
Question 3.What does the man say about the best thing of taking a gap year?
Question 4.What is the man's advice for young people before they start a gap year?
Question 5.According to the man, what kind of gap year experience do employers care most?