Taking a Gap Year
There are lots of different ways to spend a gap year, but one very positive option is to complete some work experience. If you intend to study a chemistry or chemical science degree, work experience in a chemistry related field can be very beneficial.
The Year in Industry (YINI) scheme, run by educational charity EDT, provides placements for students in 300 top UK companies every year, including Shell, Rolls Royce, British Energy and L'Oreal. These placements provide skills and knowledge employers look for, as well as the experience to help you make the most out of university. You will receive full support through a year long mentoring service, free management training and a certified Maths course. It can also lead to sponsorship through university and can give you a competitive edge for many graduate recruitment programmes.
If you're thinking of travelling or completing some voluntary work abroad there are a number of useful websites below that can provide further information. The YINI Combo may also be of interest, which involves a year in industry followed by an overseas travel experience in conservation work, summer camps or expeditions.
The Year in Industry, EDT
More information about YINI and YINI Combo schemes
Coral Cay Conservation Expeditions
Volunteer to help protect coral reefs and tropical rainforests across the world
BUNAC - Working Adventures Worldwide
Opportunities to work, volunteer and travel abroad
Raleigh International Expeditions
Volunteer for sustainability projects, including community and environmental programmes
Volunteering opportunities accross the world
Volunteer placements around the world
The Telegraph Travel - Gap Year 100 company directory
Useful links to find gap year opportunities
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Contact and Further Information
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: 01223 432221