6 Killer Ideas for Your Gap Year Worth Pursuing

6 Killer Ideas for Your Gap Year Worth Pursuing
8 November 2017    Lisa Clark    0 comments
Firstly, I’m assuming congratulations are in order, you’ve done it, you’ve finished school!

So you’re probably wondering what’s next? Well apart from sleeping, catching up with friends and waiting for your ATAR marks there is no time like the present to write down your goals, update your vision board and start to think about all the wonderful things you can do if you’ve decided to take a year off.

This is a fun and exciting time, a huge opportunity for growth but also a year that can’t be taken lightly. Time and life fly, the best thing you can do right now is start to plan and work towards your goal. Here are my top 5 ideas for a killer gap year.
  1. Travel – and guess what it may be more affordable than you think! 

    Travelling is one of the main things that have shaped me as a human, I remember my first trip overseas at 18, I actually won it in a competition and headed to Thailand for 2 weeks. My eyes were immediately opened to new experiences, new perspectives and new cultures. I was totally out of my comfort zone, but I sure did grow in that short time. Travelling with friends is a great way to share memories (oh and costs) plus you can have the comfort of people you know accompanying you on your journey. Do your research, if you think the trip is financially unattainable look into programs that offer you subsidized travel in return for volunteering, some universities will even give you the opportunity to earn course credits along the way.  

  2. Learn to adult 

    Your gap year is the perfect time to learn how to look after yourself, if you are leaving home for the first time chances are you probably haven’t ever had to wash, cook, get groceries and generally look after yourself in a full time capacity so you are going to need to brush up on all of these key skills. Use this time to work out budgets, try your hand at some new recipes (because as much as you want to you can’t live on takeaway pizza and Mac N Cheese) here’s a hot tip, try Jaime Olivers 30 minute meals, they are easy to master and really, really delicious. 

  3. Volunteer in your community or travel and give a little something back

    There are so many pluses involved with dedicating your time to others and helping with causes you care about. You will gain valuable experiences while making the world a better place, winning! It could be as simple as helping out a few nights a week at a local shelter or you could pack your life in a bag and head overseas to teach English, help protect endangered marine life in Spain, conduct humanitarian relief efforts in Asia or work with wild Elephants in Africa… Do I have your attention yet? I keep telling you that you can change the world, and this might just be your first chance! Check out some more info here.

  4. In the words of Rhianna “Work, work, work, work, work”

    Working in your gap year can be super helpful if you manage to find a paying role within the industry you want to work in long term, if you are considering the positive impact this will have on your resume, then it’s a YES from me. I remember finishing school and trying to get a job and I heard so many no’s from possible employers because I didn’t have any experience, but how can you get experience if no one will give you a go. It’s a catch 22, so if you have the chance to roll straight in to a job you actually want and it excites you then you should 100% do it! 

  5. Spend time with your family and open up to making new friends 

    Grandmas living 8 hours away and your favorite Aunty has moved interstate, so why not go and hang with them. Get out of your comfort zone, spend time getting to know those closest to you who you only get to see every second year and Christmas. We tend to forget that the older generation had inbuilt in them some sort of super power which gave them the chance to live in a world free from the technological constraints we have today, spend time away from your phone and in the present. Take time out to listen to the stories about the war, the way they lived and the things that made them happy. Spend some time away from what you know, with your nose in your hone aimlessly scrolling through feed after feed lost in your social media accounts. There is no time like the present to spend some time holidaying with family in different states or even different countries, there is A) Free accommodation B) Cool cousins to hang with C) A chance to explore new towns and make new friends – Sounds like a pretty great gap year to me! 

  6. Start a one-year traineeship or start an online course 

    With all this spare time on your hands there is no time like the present to sharpen your skills and gain experience with on the job training, a traineeship is the perfect way to try out a career under the watchful eye of your new employer. Most traineeships will last one to two years, but the best news is if you love it and are giving the traineeship a good go the chances are the employer will offer you an apprenticeship well before that time is up, check out the link here at Skills Road to learn more about traineeships and apprenticeships. If you’re still unsure of the career path you would like to undertake or if there is a subject you are really interested in, then perhaps and online course may be the best way forward. Online courses offer you flexible learning with industry-endorsed training which will improve your knowledge and give you the skills you need to achieve your goals, make sure you do your research though as some courses will only give you TAFE qualifications while others will offer you the same qualifications as on campus students, with that being said most of those courses would run for a minimum of 3 years.  

 
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