Gap Years for Grown Ups
by Susan Griffith 
The benefits for students of a Gap Year have long been accepted, but increasing numbers of older people are now following their example by putting their normal lives on hold and going off to see something of the world; for their benefit Vacation Work has created Gap Years for Grown Ups as a companion book to the highly respected Taking a Gap Year.

There are many reasons why someone may choose to leave their job and take a gap year. Younger people may want a breathing space, a chance to step back, evaluate their career, and perhaps to head off in a new direction, while older people whose children have left home may realize that they now have the freedom to travel or to go off and achieve some personal goal or ambition.

Gap Years for Grown Ups contains all the essential information on the range of opportunities, including specialist gap year programs that accept older participants; jobs and voluntary work around the world; joining expeditions; gaining some new skill or qualification; or simply traveling. The book is vividly illustrated with first-hand advice and tips from people who have taken a gap year and now share their experiences of taking time out.

The book also explains the mechanics of an adult gap year including how to persuade the boss to grant leave and ensure that there is a job to return to; how to finance a break from work, whether to go off alone or to take a partner; and finally how to tackle the return to work.

Gap Years for Grown Ups
by Susan Griffith
Vacation Work, 2004
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