Many students worry that universities don't look favourably upon gap years. Whilst this may have been true some time ago, these days, breaks from education are actually welcomed by institutions if approached in the right way...
No workers should have to settle for a race to the bottom, whether it's in terms of rights, pay or working conditions. But this is exactly what is happening when our generation cries discrimination over six-month internships that pay nothing; we are expected to take this because in the long-run it will pay for itself.
There are 9.8million young people aged 14-25 in the UK and 65% will seek help for an issue before they are 25. A recent survey revealed that over a quarter of young people think that their future prospects have been permanently damaged by the recession, and most worryingly 21% of unemployed young people believe they have 'nothing to live for'.
The key to starting to unlock a young person's potential really can be as simple as treating them as such - not succumbing to stereotypes and really listening to them. It may sound obvious but it is a large part of the reason why three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training.
While I certainly don't agree with exploiting graduates and other interns I'm not convinced the whole concept of companies having to pay graduates minimum wage across the board - especially when it comes to micro businesses and small businesses - is a good one.
It was announced recently that HMRC plans to crack down heavily on music companies found to be exploiting interns. While on the surface this sounds like good news, it could in fact create problems for some young people looking to gain experience in this industry.
You only get a short amount of time to impress people during your experience as an intern. It's important that you make the best impact you can, before you're quickly replaced by a sharper, friendlier, more eager version of yourself. The doors of an office are constantly traffic-jammed with a rotation of students dying to make a good impression.
Unpaid internships, especially those in Westminster, have been the focus of much attention over recent years. The image of MPs enjoying huge expenses allowances while their office interns sweat it out for their lunch is one banded around by some areas of the media and campaign groups alike.
In a previous chapter of my relatively short life, I imagined that sales assistants were super cool. These were the fashionable swans that glided fashionably around stores, chattering and laughing - an enviable occupation. Oh, how naïve I was...
As my time at Hand & Lock comes to an end I've been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of being an intern...
With record numbers of Apprenticeship starts and recent employer surveys reporting even higher confidence in apprentices it seems that young people now have more chances, and choices, as they decide what career path to take.