A good general guide would be to plan ahead, keep track of how things are going, look out for new opportunities and make sure you return at the right time to kick-start your career. For example, if you decide to apply for a graduate training programme or further study on your return, you probably need to be in the country from October onwards with plenty of time on your hands. In more specific terms, it can help to clarify why you want to get away and to plan your trip accordingly. Various motives are discussed in the table below; see which ones relate to you. Many of us develop strong interests as we grow up but can never devote enough time to them because we caught up in the rat race. This is your chance to cast off your shackles and focus on yourself for a while. Who knows - you may even find a really fulfilling career or a business idea. For example, you could learn French by working in a cafe in the French Riviera, develop your Taekwondo skills at an internationally acclaimed school or learn to fly a plane. Any one of these activities could lead to thousands of fulfilling roles.
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