How to use a gap year as valuable experience on your CV
Coming to Australia on a gap year? Here’s how to use your new skills and stand out from the crowd.
By Leah Dobihal
A gap year is all about learning, discovering and experiencing. While some might imagine a year spent sunbaking on the sand, a working holiday gives you valuable real-life experience that you couldn’t gain by staying home.
You might find yourself rescuing baby turtles, working on a boat in the Whitsundays or learning a new language. Whether you study, work, volunteer or just travel, your year in Australia will make your CV stand out.
Take a class
Visitors on the Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) or Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) can study for up to four months during their 12 months in Australia. If you have the budget, a class can be a great way to enhance your CV when you return home.Show more
One of the best things you can do to boost your CV during your gap year is volunteer. Visitors on a Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) or Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) can volunteer throughout their stay in a huge variety of organisations.Show more
Get a job
A job won’t just fund your travels during your gap year; it’ll also give you amazing experience to put on your CV after you’ve returned home.
There are a variety of industries that hire working holidaymakers, including hospitality, retail, tourism, construction and agriculture. While you may not get a job within your ideal industry (although it is certainly possible), you’ll gain valuable experience no matter where you work.Show more
Track your new skills
Whether you’re travelling by campervan across Australia or settled into the city life, you’re bound to gain valuable skills during your gap year. Moving to a new country not only shows your initiative and independence but also inevitably improves your adaptability, your resourcefulness and your exposure to different cultures, people and worldviews.Show more
State your accomplishments
After you’ve participated in volunteer, work and study opportunities in Australia, it’s time to make your CV stand out. Working and travelling abroad is a big accomplishment, and now you get to show it.
If you’ve had a job, or multiple jobs, during your working holiday in Australia, list it under your work experience. Be sure to state the tasks you accomplished in each job. If you worked at a café, you might have gained experience in money handling. Retail workers may have acquired skills in customer service.Show more