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Thinking about taking a gap year?

Written by Sam Glover:

If there is one thing we are all slowly waking up to realise after being locked down for so long, it's that we are social animals, we love being around friends, we enjoy meeting new people and we socialise like no other animal on the planet. Being confined to our houses has been fine for some but totally miserable for many.

Students are extremely lucky, you get the opportunity to travel and explore new countries and cities before ‘life’ kicks in after University. In Europe we dream of traveling to Asia or Australia and in America people dream of a European city tour. Unfortunately Covid-19 has destroyed these plans and the idea of a gap year is (in its traditional format) a dream.

Going to University is one of life’s amazing experiences, but before that there is always an opportunity to take a gap year. I know a lot of people plan on spending time in Australia through their 1 year travel visa, some work but mostly play. Now, thanks to a global pandemic entirely out everyone’s control, students are facing a nightmare set of questions:

  1. Stay at home, work in a coffee shop, probably not save any money, live at home and go to University next year.

  2. Go to University a year early, but with the restrictions in place that may well mean studying from home… and going to University should mean going to University.

  3. Contact #LRPjobs and discuss a year placement working for some of the largest brands in the World in a different city in Europe, while getting paid, learning a new language, meeting new people and having fun.

For me, one of your resident writers at LRP, I know exactly what I would be doing; contacting #LRPjobs!

But how does this work and how easy is it for me to get a job?

It’s simple, if you speak anything other than English to a 'native' level or have been educated to C2 level in a second language, you are a desired candidate for our clients… literally our clients want candidates to work on inbound customer service desks across their multiple locations in Europe.

That’s all, be bilingual or multilingual and have the desire to learn something new in a new country surrounded by people from all over the World.

Our roles in Portugal for example, offer you the opportunity to work for the likes of Netflix, Asos or Supercell, get free accommodation (along with utilities, gas, electric, broadband etc), free food vouchers, healthcare and travel expenses back home once, through your term; All while experiencing a new place, meeting new people and having fun, pretty much what people would be doing through a gap year. Oh and you can also learn the local language as part of the job, totally free and taken from time at work.

The salary isn’t amazing but traveling isn’t cheap either, you would need to save a lot to not work for 12 months but (and this is important) in Portugal, you won’t pay tax so you will take home around €650-€1000 every 3 weeks.

It's better than working in a coffee shop after tax, your mum’s not demanding you clean your room or take the rubbish out and you certainly won’t be paying top dollar at the bars (Portugal is one of the cheapest cities in Europe).

If you don’t fancy Portugal, there’s always Greece, The Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Spain and The Netherlands to name a few… all wanting you to work, while experiencing something new, simply because you are bilingual.

Do these roles offer you the same experience as travelling the world? No, not at all but your other option is, you guessed it, a coffee shop.

#LRPjobs has the opportunity to give you something new and do something different, other than sit at home waiting and wondering what could have been, if not for a pandemic totally out of your control.

Remember, the only requirement for this job is that you are a bilingual speaker, where your English needs to be good enough to read this blog.

There is opportunity out there for you, we have the means to offer you a fully paid job, which you can put on your CV after University and explain that your proactive approach during rubbish time in the World puts you above the other candidates vying for the role in your dream, after Uni role.

We have the roles, the client will pay your travel so what are you waiting for? Get in touch with the team today to find out more.

Contact Sam directly for more information:

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