Rising Tuition Fees and the Case for a Gap Year

When the time comes for your child to choose a university and course of higher education, many universities will probably be tempting you with their ivory towers. Promises of how their excellent educational tracks can enable your child to embark on a wonderful future with excellent career options are probably bombarding you and your family. Although you want the best education possible for your child, the hard part is figuring out how to pay for it.

There is no getting around the fact that higher education is expensive. In addition to outrageous university fees, studying demands a lot of time, and it is quite difficult to find time to work as a full-time student. If your child attends a university that is not close to you, you must also factor in living costs and any fees for halls of residence. As if paying for all the living costs weren’t hard enough, politicians are now considering raising the cap on university tuition fees. That would make the costs of university education a lot higher.

The high price of education is one reason to consider taking a gap year before university. Because of the high cost of education, many students graduate with a burden of debt that limits their freedom and makes travelling or other experiences extremely difficult. Taking time before starting university means students can take advantage of opportunities and experiences debt-free.

Travelling is a wonderful way to learn more about yourself and get a new perspective of the world. Of course, travelling extensively requires money, but it is generally fairly easy to find work abroad teaching English. There is always a need for native English-speaking teachers. Before travelling, it may be a good idea to get a little experience at home. To gain some experience teaching in an English language school London is full of opportunities. Also, before travelling abroad, it is definitely a good idea to have at least a base in the language of the country you plan to visit. To find good Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese or French courses London has excellent schools too.

An internship or apprenticeship not only looks great on a CV, it can also help one get a real idea of working life. Many people spend three to four years and a lot of money studying for a career and then realise they don’t really like the field once they start work. Internships can give students a better idea of what they really want to do.

Volunteering is a great way to build your CV before entering the university. Working with a charitable cause shows you have a perspective of the world beyond the comforts of home, the classroom and life on campus.

Increasingly, young students are taking gap years to work. Working not only gives real life experience, but is also a way to make and save money. Even if your children can’t get their dream job before starting university, any job offers opportunities to learn and save up money to help fund the course. And as we all know, money matters when it comes to education these days.