The phrase ‘student volunteer’ immediately conjures up images of globe-trotting, philanthropic backpackers. But if it’s something new, challenging and rewarding you’re looking for, you needn’t go so far as another country. Why not consider volunteering closer to home?

If you're included in the ranks of people taking time out then here’s a handy list of ideas on how to fill your time - because boredom is one thing your gap year should not include!

If you think that more education may be a possibility then read on my friend! Postgrad is a big commitment in terms of work load, finances and your future career. To help you decide whether it’s right for you, here are some pros and cons.