"I didn't take a gap year before I went to university, so one of the main draws of the German course I chose was the opportunity to spend a year abroad.
I went to Chemnitz in East Germany to be an English language assistant in a Gymnasium for 9 months. I stayed an extra 2 months in Germany after the teaching job finished. It was a fantastic experience teaching in a school and I loved living in Germany, living on the student campus and making German friends from attending student clubs and activities. Since I left Chemnitz, I have visited my friends there twice a year as well as going on holiday with them elsewhere in Europe, and they also come to visit me in London. This is great as it means I keep up my German. My time in Chemnitz also immensely improved my German speaking and vocabulary.
I have found that it is always impressive on a CV and during an interview to show that you have lived abroad for a year and can speak another language. I am almost always asked about my year abroad at interview. It gives me a potential extra edge over other candidates.
On graduation I did various law work experience placements, then 2 politics internships and then worked in Parliament for 9 months as an MP's researcher. I am now training to be an adviser at the Citizens' Advice Bureau. The bureau where I work is very multilingual and sometimes my clients speak German and find it helpful if I can speak to them in their native tongue.
I think living abroad made me more resilient and better at dealing with new situations, both of which are very useful in a job environment. Teaching English in a school for 9 months has helped me get private tuition to supplement my income."