Everyone’s taking a gap year, should I?
A gap year can be extremely rewarding in terms of both personal growth and career development! Are you taking a gap year for all the right reasons or are you just looking for an extended stay on a beach?
Don’t follow the crowd, don’t choose it because your parents say you should and please don’t choose it because you don’t know what else to do. For you to get the most out of the experience you have to know you’re setting out on this adventure for all the right reasons.
A gap year can widen your horizons, teach you new skills and help you learn about yourself and the world – if that sounds exciting and you are willing to make the commitment then you are probably doing it for the right reasons.
Exploring your options
Taking a gap year could be a great opportunity for you to gain some life experience and find out where your interests really lie.
Finding an internship related to a career you’re interested in will look great to future employers and could potentially enthuse you for what the future holds or point you in a different direction.
For aspiring writers, a writer’s residency can give you a chance to strengthen your writing skills to see if it suits you, as well as giving you a chance to gain some experience. An example of such a program is The Content Castle, found on the dreamy island of Koh Samui in Thailand.
Residents get real-world writing experience to help build up their portfolios, as well as feedback in exchange for writing a certain number of words in length per week.
Picking a cause you are passionate about. Offering your time is an admirable and fulfilling way to use some of your time during your gap year.
Learn a new skill
Is there a language you’d love to learn or a skill you think it would be great to have? Exploring a new subject could prove very useful in later life, and could help you stand out from the crowd when you’re applying for schools later.
Life experience and personal growth
Taking a gap year could lead to personal growth and experiences which may contribute to your success at university. Whether it’s learning adaptability, independence, self-reliance, or just starting university with a few great stories to tell; do not underestimate or devalue the importance of cultivating a deeper understanding of yourself.
The greatest proof on the worth of gap years may be gained by speaking to people who have taken one. Few have regrets. Virtually all would do it again. Do some research, talk to people, and see if anything excites you. If nothing does then take a pass. If you aren’t flexible and not into exploring or getting outside your comfort zone, whether it be other lands or exploring other career options, a gap year might not be for you!