Wisely, a lot of people decide to take a gap year before starting university. It provides students with the chance to recharge their batteries, enjoy new experiences and learn important skills.
Is it a good idea to take a gap year?
Taking a gap year can be a great opportunity to make sure your dream career doesn’t turn out to be a nightmare. Not only can a gap year get you headed in the right career direction, it can also save money since you won’t waste any credits taking courses that aren’t necessary for your eventual career choice.
Traveling during a gap year is a particularly good option. Provided you take the right approach, it can be a great springboard for what you want to do next.
Every person’s gap year will look a little different, but, if you take one, you may find yourself doing some combination of these.
Here are a few ways for you to make the most of gap year travel.
Become a Temporary Language Teacher
Teaching is a great option. It gives you the chance to get to know the local culture and people, as well as providing you with an invaluable skill. One that you can use when you get home to supplement your income.
It will also help you with creating a statement of purpose. The fact that you were a teacher, someone who helped others during your travels, is definitely going to be seen as a positive thing. It will help you to stand out and do so in a very positive way when it is time for you to apply for university or get a job.
The other benefit of teaching while you are abroad, is that it can enable you to save up a little money. You are not likely to earn a lot, but most of the time you will be able to make enough to cover the cost of food and accommodation and save up a little money to put towards paying your university fees.
In many countries, there is a huge demand for English teachers. For several years, we have funded our travels by working as language teachers. So, if you are interested in doing the same, take a closer look at our Teaching English Abroad section. Everything you need to know to get started can be found there.
Hone Your Writing Skills by Running a Travel Blog
If you can do so, write about your travels. Being a good writer is an essential skill for any student. The more you write the better you will become. So, it really is worth setting up a simple website and sharing your experiences with the world.
Should that not appeal, at the very least, keep a travel journal. As you can see from this article, there are many excellent reasons for you to do so
Use Your Travels to Deepen Your Understanding of a Subject
If you know what you will be studying you can tailor your travel plans to enable you to become more familiar with your chosen subject. For example, if you are considering a geology degree, plan your travel itinerary to include places of special geological interest.
Or, better still, volunteer to help out with a geological study. These opportunities do not exist for all subjects, but they do for many. So, take a look around and see if you can combine your travel with deepening your understanding of your chosen subject. This site can be used to help you find the kinds of opportunities you are looking for.
Provided you plan well, you will be able to enjoy gap year travel, as well as benefit in the ways described above.
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