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Gap Year and Career Break.
Learn what a gap year and career break are.
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Gap Year and Career Break.
In this week’s free online English Class we will help you learn what a gap year and career break are.
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This English lesson is about the culture of study, work and holidays in English speaking countries.
Before I explain what a gap year is, I need to tell you a little about schools and universities in English speaking countries.
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School v University.
In the English-speaking world most teenagers finish school when they are 17 years old.
In the UK the final exam students take in school are called A levels, in Ireland the final exams are called The Leaving Cert, and in America the final exams are called The High School Diploma.
Students take the exams at the end of the school year and get the results 6 to 8 weeks later.
During the last year of school most teenagers apply to study at university.
Universities offer students study places before the students take their final exams, but the place depends on the exam results.
When the students get their exam results they need they will tell the university that they want to take the study place or defer.
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The Defer Option
When a university offers a student a study place and the students accepts it, the student can start immediately or they can wait 12 months.
If the student deicides to wait, the university must keep the place available for 12 months.
A student finishes their final school exams in May 2014.
The university offers them a study place.
The student can start in September 2014.
Or the student can defer for 12 months and start in September 2015.
Officially this is called deferring.
However the more common phrase is, Gap Year.
The Gap Year
Many students choose to take a gap year.
They do this because they know they have a university place and they don’t have to worry about studding.
There are many activities that a student can do in a gap year and some business and even countries offer special deals for gap year students.
Of course, some students might just stay at home and do nothing.
Speciality travel businesses organise extended gap year holidays.
Travelling to India and Thailand is very popular.
Once there students travel from town to village to beach usually using local cheap transport and sleep in cheap hostiles.
Some countries offer special gap year work visas.
Australia offers students a visa called a ‘417 visa’ which allows students to live and work in Australia for one year.
In New Zealand this visa is called a ‘working holiday visa’.
The United States of America offers a 4 months work holiday visa for students from other countries, this is called a J1 visa.
When the gap year is finished students will normally return to their home country and start to study.
It is not only students who can take a year away.
In both the United Kingdom and in Ireland it is possible to take a career break.
A career break is usually 6 to 12 months away from work.
Every employee can ask their company for a career break; however, the employer is not legally obliged to give the employee a career break.
But, if the employer agrees to a career break the only legal obligation they have is to give the employee their job back at the end of the career break.
During the career break, the company does not have to pay the employee or make any tax contributions for them.
In some jobs the employee will have to sign a contract not to work for a competitor or start a competing business during the career break.
Like students most people who take a career break use the time to visit other countries.
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Written: Feargal Coffey – email@example.com
Translated: Juan Ramon – Juan@do-english.com
Date: 4th May 2018