Cons of taking a gap year in 2021
Of course, taking a gap year won't be the right decision for everyone. Before getting swept up in fantastical adventures, or heaving a sigh of relief at the thought of a year off, students should consider these points too.
Gap years can be very expensive. For students planning overseas adventures, travel, accommodation and living expenses can tot up quickly.
Even for those who aren’t focusing on exploring new countries, a gap year can prove costly. Many courses and placements charge students high tuition fees. If they complete an internship, even domestically, there might be accommodation costs, as well as the day-to-day expenses of getting to and from the office, and buying lunches and refreshments nearby.
Ultimately, students who are keen to use their gap year to save money for further education might find their options a little limited - although in a year, there can be time for different activities!
But for students who are budgeting, there are plenty of options which cost nothing or very little, and which can be slotted in alongside paid jobs - which we’ll discuss in more detail below.