Gap Year & Short-Term Opportunities

The gap year refers to a period of time, usually one or two years after graduation, when students take a break from education to work or volunteer before continuing with graduate/professional school or starting a longer-term job. These short-term experiences help students explore career paths and gain experience. In some cases, these experiences will turn into longer-term.

  • Think about your motivation: Why do you want to take a gap year or two? Have you thoroughly thought about how this might fit with your future goals?
  • Define your goals: Are you interested in expanding your resume, living independently, clarifying your interests, or experiencing a different culture?
  • Research: What are your options?
  • Plan ahead: Planning ahead is useful in order to avoid missing deadlines for applications or fellowships. Give yourself ample time to update any international travel documents you may need, save money or book trips in advance.

New Job Board Alert! PoliCorner (government/nonprofit)

Yale’s Office of Career Strategy is excited to partner with Policorner.

Policorner.org is a free political internship and jobs platform connecting Yale University students with 2,000+ legal, political and public service internships and career opportunities.  Policorner.org allows Yale University students …

By Robyn Acampora
Robyn Acampora Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Service Careers
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Forté Foundation Undergraduate Programming (Free for Yale College students)

Yale OCS is pleased to offer our students the opportunity to join the Forté Foundation’s Undergraduate Programming  for free. As a sponsor school, this initiative offers undergraduate students at Yale, across majors, the opportunity to develop skills in five critical …

By Yale Office of Career Strategy
Yale Office of Career Strategy
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Resume Builder! Forage’s Virtual Work Experiences

Forage offers virtual work experiences, which are online programs built and endorsed by leading companies. Each virtual work experience contains a series of resources and tasks designed to simulate the real-world experience of starting a career. They are 5-6 hours …

By Yale Office of Career Strategy
Yale Office of Career Strategy
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Mentoring Master Class: Peer Mentoring Groups

Mentors shape our careers by guiding us through difficult decisions. But, how do you find a good mentor? In this series, Dr. Joanne Kamens advocates for the use of Peer Mentoring Groups as a method to provide and receive valuable …

By Chelsea Xu
Chelsea Xu McDougal Career Fellow
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Professional Development Reimbursement for Yale Seniors [Nonprofit, Government & the Arts]

In an effort to support students pursuing careers in the nonprofit, government and the arts sectors, OCS offers a reimbursement program for Yale College Class of 2022 graduates to help offset costs associated with career related engagements and travel for …

By Robyn Acampora
Robyn Acampora Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Service Careers
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Career Outcomes

The Office of Career Strategy collects information about Yale College graduates. This tool allows users to search outcomes by year and major. Please visit Statistics & Reports for detailed reports.

Helpful Tips on using the Interactive Tool:

  • There is no Enter or Submit Button  Results will appear automatically with your selections
  • Choose ‘All Years’ or ‘All Majors’- For results across years and majors or check one for more granular results.
    • Default results will show the most recent Class Year.
    • Uncheck selected major(s) to reset your search.
    • To ensure student confidentiality, results are only reported in the aggregate and more granular data is not available through this public tool.
    • The tool will return results with at least five responses. If you require additional information contact the Office of Career Strategy

Most Recent Class Overview

Knowledge Rate Success Rate Mean Starting Salary Top Five Industries
86.8% of those graduating between July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 96.9% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation $76,359 among graduates employed in the United States. Financial Services, Education, Technology, Consulting, and Healthcare

 

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  • Size of the Organization
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  • Time of Year Offer Received
  • Co-Curricular, Research, and Study Abroad Experiences
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First Destination

First Destination refers to the postgraduate plans of Yale College graduates six months after graduation. The pursuits of Yale graduates include employment, graduate school, independent research, military service, and more.

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