Gaps in an individual’s educational history may be seen as deterrents by some colleges; however, not in Ireland. Irish universities view students who take study breaks just as qualified as those without; any time gaps exist aren’t considered negative factors provided the applicant can explain its cause in their Statement of Purpose (SOP).
Students often take advantage of a gap year to pursue interests or hobbies like traveling or learning new skills, although some opt to utilize this time with paid internships or work-related activities to build up professional experience and boost their resumes. Students taking such steps can present salary slips, reference letters or certificates from social and voluntary organizations as evidence they were active during this period away from home study.
Many students opt for working or travelling during their gap year to broaden their cultural horizons and experience different ways of living. It can also provide a hands-on learning approach, seeing classroom as place where practical knowledge can be gained rather than strictly academic knowledge gained in classroom.
Students often take a gap year to prepare or sit for competitive exams. Such time off from study could be justified with family or health issues as legitimate justification.