When you have finished college or university, you may wonder what you want to do with the future. It can seem like a scary prospect heading out into the big world. So a gap year can seem like the perfect thing to do. But some don’t take the opportunity. Here is what you should consider before taking a gap year.
There is no better time to go.
Once you start working, you may end up buying a property. Or you could meet someone and settle down. It’s easier to go when you have no mortgage over your head. You haven’t even started your career yet which means you won’t be leaving any missed opportunities.
It’s worth considering as there is no better time to go.
This may be the only time you could afford to do it.
You can afford the time but you can afford to do it financially as well. So you have a student debt, or you have a big overdraft. You may be able to work abroad and travel while you are doing it if you need to. But once a mortgage is in place or a family to support you will never be this financially free again.
Now’s the time to see the world.
Most people who haven’t experienced a gap year or travelled will say that it is one of their biggest regrets. You should use this time to see the world and experience some new cultures. If you need some more information about where to go and what to do visit theleap.co.uk.
Think about what it could do to your CV.
A gap year that is well thought out show’s an employer a lot of skills. It shows organisational skills. Timekeeping and punctuality for making plane journeys and connections. It also show’s a lot of initiative which is an attribute that most employers want to see. If you worked during your gap year, then that is also valid experience that your future employers want to see and hear about.
It’s time to relax and reflect.
You have just worked hard on final exams, dissertations and essays. Now is the time to use the gap year to relax and allow yourself a break. It will give you plenty of time to reflect on who you are as a person and what you want out of your future life. You are about to embark on the next chapter of your journey. So use the time wisely to take it all in and make sure you make the right decisions going forwards.
You may never have the confidence to do it again.
Having youth on your side is a huge advantage when taking a gap year. The longer these types of things are left, the less confidence we have to do them. Use your independence and confidence to step out of your comfort zone and explore.
Think of the stories and memories you will make.
Finally, the whole purpose of a gap year is to experience new and exciting things. So with that will come stories of adventure. You will make so many memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Something that you will share with future children and grandchildren one day.
I hope that considering all the above gives you the confidence to take a gap year.