How to Make the Most of Your Gap Year

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to taking time away from studying. But with our top tips, you can learn how to make the most of your gap year.

So you’ve decided to take a well-deserved break after finishing school? That’s great. But now you need to have a plan. Luckily we’re here to guide you. Here’s how to make the most of your gap year.

How to Make the Most of Your Gap Year

A gap year can be terrifying. You might decide to take one because you don’t have a clue what to do after school. Or simply because you need a break from studying. Either way, the unknown after making your choice can cause anxiety. But watch your anxiety melt away as we show you how to make the most of your gap year. 

Plan Ahead

Ever heard the saying “failing to plan, is planning to fail”? Well the same can be said about your gap year. You should know exactly what your gap year will be spent on. Remember that it’s all about recharging and figuring out what you want from life.  

Volunteer

Helping underprivileged communities is a great way to spend your time. You can work in a soup kitchen, do beach clean-ups, teach people to read or run a sports programme. Use your skills and interests to make a difference.

Gain a new Skill

Think about what your hobbies and interests are. Maybe you love doing makeup or repairing computers. Wouldn’t you like to become more skilled at what you love doing? Well a short course is the answer. Gaining new skills through short courses will also look great on your CV. 

Upgrade Your Matric Marks

There’s no need to settle for studying whichever course you qualify for. Upgrade your matric so you have the option to study any programme, at any institution. Lay the foundation to achieve the career of your dreams. 

Gain Work Experience

No, we’re not saying you should immediately jump into a 9-5 for six days a week (unless you want to). But a part-time job will help you gain experience and earn some cash. Tutoring would be the perfect choice if you have excellent matric results and enjoy spending time with children.

Travel

Travelling is a great opportunity to gain life experience. And it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You could travel within your own country. But if you decide to go abroad, you can even live with a host family as an au-pair. Or you could become a camp counsellor. These jobs will save you money on food and accommodation!  

Learn a new Language

Having multiple languages in your back pocket can really benefit you. You won’t become fluent in a year, but you can certainly build a solid foundation. Many companies do business with people from different countries. So you are more likely to be hired when you eventually enter the job market.

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Last Updated: June 2, 2022

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Tamsyn Gallie
Tamsyn Gallie
Tamsyn Gallie is a Junior Content Writer at Skills Academy. Her aim is to create content that is well-researched, educational and engaging. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, baking and anything that allows her to be creative. She is passionate about lifelong learning and believes it’s never too late to learn something new.