A GAP break may be the perfect answer for many young people who are tired after completing secondary school. The advantages are worth considering. Remember, a GAP experience doesn’t necessarily have to last for a whole year.
What can students gain from completing a GAP Year?
- Tertiary study is demanding and many students are emotionally and physically unprepared for the new challenges involved. Stepping into a tertiary institution can be a daunting prospect for even the most confident teenagers. A GAP break can provide a much-needed rest after completing those senior school exams and a chance for students to re-energise.
- A break from study can give students more time to think about future courses and careers. Working full-time or part-time is a great way to meet new people who have completed various qualifications and worked in a range of careers. During a GAP break, some students discover by chance the course or career they want to pursue.
- A GAP break is a great opportunity for students to complete short courses or take up hobbies they have not had time to pursue due to study commitments at secondary school. Once again, these experiences can help students discover a lot about themselves and possible careers they may enjoy.
- Working during a GAP break helps young people save money and gain greater financial independence as well as an appreciation of how much everything costs.
- If students complete a good combination of work, extracurricular activities, volunteering and travel, they will have excellent life experience and achievements to add to a Resume. These additions will often be talking points at important interviews after students have graduated and are looking for their first real job.
- Taking a year off after completing the final year at school can actually help students do better academically when they return to study. Being a year older is an advantage as students are often able to better handle the high level of independence required at the tertiary level.
- If students use the GAP Year well and have filled it with work, volunteering, travel and a social life, they are often better at managing their time than students who have just completed secondary school. Being able to manage time well and prioritise various commitments is a great skill to have at the tertiary level.
A well-planned GAP Year can set a young person up for life. It is certainly worth considering.