Paid Work Abroad
If money is in short supply, you may have no option but to earn your keep, but in another country.
– you’ll have a ready-made social circle to introduce you to life in that area.
– you may learn work or language skills that will help you later.
– it will inform you about the real world if you are a student and help you decide if a similar career path is for you.
– you will probably have a great, mind-broadening time.
– they don’t call it work for nothing, it’s not exactly a holiday.
– wages for short-term employed foreigners are very low or exist only as ‘pocket money’ in addition to accommodation and food.
A few popular job options
Gifts – if you’re lucky some affluent family member may fund all or some of your expenses.
Loan or Overdraft – a loan from relatives is always worth a try, but most realise that it probably won’t get paid back.
You could try a bank, they’ll be falling over themselves to lend you an interest free pittance while you’re at university, but you should only borrow a small amount during the Gap year as you don’t want to start your course already in debt.
Make sure you let the bank know of your acceptance to a full time course (they’ll want proof in writing) otherwise they’ll treat you as unemployed and you’ll have no chance of getting a loan or overdraft.
Sponsorship – if it’s for something worthwhile (e. g. saving small furry animals, children or rain forests) you may get sponsorship from a philanthropic business or local charities such as (in the UK) the Round Table, Rotary or Lions Club.
If you can get yourself any kind of media exposure locally or nationally for your trip then potential business sponsors may become more generous.
Local people who live near you may sponsor you a little each if they like the cause – you’ll need to knock on a lot of doors though. Successfully sponsored gappers say the best system is to fire up a range of money-making activities, and let the funds build.
Gap Year UK Jobs
Finding Work – there are plenty of low paid temporary jobs around throughout the UK, particularly during the school summer holidays, so write up a basic but professional-looking CV (Curriculum Vitae/resumé/history of qualifications and work experience so far) and go looking.
Local Newspapers – usually have a job vacancies section once a week, so get the paper as soon as it hits the shops and apply early.
Agencies – get your CV out to your job agencies with the kind of work you are looking for – some specialise in temporary work. It’s likely you’ll be interviewed before they accept you.