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Adult Gap Year - Gapwork.com Press Release

Monday 13th August 2012

Record Number of Brits Wanting To Swap The UK For Pastures New Urged To Consider Adult Gap Year First

An ever increasing number of Brits are contemplating giving up their jobs in favour of pursuing a new life abroad. According to studies conducted by insurer Aviva, high street bank, Lloyds TSB and daily newspaper, The Sun more and more UK workers are actively looking for work abroad and would consider moving to a foreign country permanently.

The Aviva study of 1000 employees between 18-45 years old found that the temptation for workers to leave the UK for pastures new has grown year on year, with a massive 46% eager to swap grey skies for sunnier scenes. A poll by YouGov for The Sun found that 48% of Brits are seriously considering moving overseas while Lloyds TSB said that a growing percentage of its clients with savings were keen to quit the UK. 

In each survey, those eager to up sticks citied a combination of factors including declining job prospects at home, the sluggish economy and a reduction in quality of life as reasons for a potential move. In light of these figures, independent advisory service, Gapwork.com is urging those planning a permanent move to consider an adult gap year instead and combine time spent travelling with a job or voluntary placement further afield.

Rebecca Jordan, Co-Founder and Director of Gapwork.com said, “Taking on a gap year job overseas during a career break or starting a voluntary placement can be a good litmus test of whether or not a permanent move abroad is really what’s wanted. Moving permanently is a huge commitment and is often a financial stretch so a gap year job or voluntary placement abroad is a great compromise. It is the perfect solution for the 21% of Aviva respondents who only wanted to move for between one and three years.

“A gap year job offers a real taste of what it would be like to live overseas and provides first hand experience of day-to-day life in another country. Gap year jobs are also a great networking opportunity for those serious about swapping the grey UK skies for a more permanent position abroad.”

As an independent information provider specialising in gap years, gap year jobs, gap year vacancies and gap year volunteering either in the UK and abroad, Gapwork.com can help those considering swapping their current role for a job overseas to find a suitable position. Vacancies span a spectrum of industries, services and destinations, all of which promise the chance of working abroad. Options include jobs such as teaching English to other language speakers, becoming a ski host and driver in the French Alps and coaching football in South Africa to completing a medical internship in New Delhi, summer camp work in rural Ghana, milking in Queensland or cabinet making in Sydney, Australia.

To find out more about Gapwork.com and to browse all current vacancies as well as advice on planning a gap year or career break, visit http://www.gapwork.com

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Issued by Dakota Digital. Please direct press queries to Rebecca Appleton. Email Rebecca@dakotadigital.co.uk