Tips for Making the Most of Your Gap Year
A gap year provides an invaluable opportunity to take a break from study while you decide what you want to do with your life. It gives you a chance to explore different study options and plan for the future.
Taking a gap year also allows you to get a job or do volunteer work to build your skills. Employers need candidates who are ‘work ready’, and a gap year can give you a significant boost in the job market.
These tips will help you enjoy your gap year and make the most of your opportunities.
Decide What You Want from Your Gap Year
The first step to making the most of the gap year experience is to determine what you actually want from it. If your primary goal is to have a break from study, then you’ll need to consider how you’re going to fill your time.
Getting some rest after a busy senior year is a great idea, but spending your whole year focused on fun without building any skills for the future is not recommended. If you really need some time out, consider taking on a part-time job that will give you experience without being too taxing.
Many students use this time to travel, experience different cultures and participate in international volunteer projects. This allows them to have fun while learning and making an important contribution.
Research Travel and Employment Options
To get the most out of your gap year, don’t wait until the last minute to plan because you could miss out on some amazing opportunities. If you want to travel overseas, it’s vital to do your research and be fully prepared. If you want to volunteer, make contact with overseas volunteer organisations and research all the options available rather than accepting the first role you’re offered.
If you’re seeking a job or doing volunteer work at home, the same advice applies. Look into roles that will help you with your future goals. If you want to work in a particular field in the future, try to find something in this area. This will help you determine if you’re suitable for this career. Remote work has opened up many new possibilities, but it’s also a good idea to get some face-to-face experience. Customer service jobs also help build important skills.
Consider Your Future Career Path
One of the main reasons students take a gap year is to think about what they want to do next. Many are reluctant to go straight into study after school when they don’t yet have a clear idea of the career they want to pursue.
Choosing the wrong course can be expensive and a waste of time, however, in the whirlwind of activities and travel of a gap year, thoughts about study can sometimes take a backseat.
It’s vital to devote some time to researching the courses and degrees available during your gap year. You also need to consider practical matters such as your living and financial arrangements, and this can take a lot of planning and saving. Be sure to leave ample time to work all this out before your gap year finishes.
Focus on Self-improvement
Time out from study can provide breathing space to focus on yourself, which is why we recommend setting some personal goals. This may include getting your driver’s licence, improving your fitness or even learning a new language.
A gap year gives you a chance to learn yoga and meditation or work on passion projects like writing or art. You may decide to take up a sport or start a new hobby. Anything that helps you feel relaxed and happy is beneficial.
How Can a Tutor Help?
Our tutors assist students in reaching their full academic potential. We can give advice on students’ aptitudes and help them decide what future course of study is most suitable for them.
Some students choose to continue tutoring throughout their gap year to avoid learning loss and enhance their skills, and we are very happy to work with students on this basis.
Contact us for a free consultation.