Things you Should Know When Planning a Gap Year

An effective plan means a successful gap year. If done correctly, you can walk away with loads of experience and possibly a promise for a job.

There are a couple of things you should know when planning a gap year. An effective plan means a successful gap year. If done correctly, you can walk away with loads of experience and possibly a promise for a job. But most importantly, also a smile on your face.

What you Need to Know When Planning Your Gap Year 

While you may already be thinking of all the adventures you’ll be having, you could still be worried about how to actually plan a gap year. No need to worry! We’re here to guide you through the basic steps. 

The Keyword is Planning 

Many students decide to travel during their gap year. Even though you might be keen to start your gap year adventure, be sure that basic things like your accommodation are sorted. Doing some research about the places you’re visiting could also be a plus.

Money Matters

A very important part of your journey will be managing money. You should check the expiration date on your cards before travelling. Getting a new card can be tedious. Letting your bank know that you’ll be travelling to ensure they don’t block your card would also be a smart move. 

Stay Healthy While Travelling 

When you’re out and about and having fun, health problems are the last thing you want to be struggling with. Give your doctor a visit to find out if there are any health issues or medications you should take. Should you need medication while you’re away, make sure you have enough. 

Gap Year Activities That Look Great on Your Resume 

There are endless possibilities when it comes to using your time during your gap year. It can be hard to decide what to do. It really depends on you, your personality, what you like and dislike etc. So here are a couple of options if you’re stuck in a rut! 

Adventurous Journeys

Tired of sitting in the same home, in the same town? If you’re not a fan of a boring old routine, you should consider adventurous journeys in your gap year! These programs are often more structured, which means you don’t have to worry about planning ahead all that much! 

Internships 

Internships look great on your resume – duh. They tend to open doors for you in the long run because of the skills you’ll learn. Want to stand out even more? Consider doing an internship abroad. An internship on your CV is something that is highly sought after. 

Working Abroad 

If you have no money and no idea what you want to do with your life, you should consider working abroad. There are loads of cool gap year jobs that won’t even feel like, well, jobs. The financial freedom that comes from working abroad is what makes this such a good option. 

Short Courses 

What better way to make sure the career you’ve chosen, or wondering about, is really for you? By taking a short course! And you know who offers the best short courses in South Africa ? We do! Management, computer, beauty, childcare – you name it. 

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Enjoy Your Sabbatical! 

Why wouldn’t you want to increase your chance of getting a great job during your gap year? From scuba diving to teaching, you can choose. If you’re not a fan of travelling, there’s always the option of taking courses from home. If a short course is what you have your eye on (and it would be ours too), contact us today! 

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Last Updated: June 21, 2021

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Vera Viljoen
Vera Viljoen
Who is Vera? I'm an intern writer at Skills Academy. I pride myself on knowing that the work I deliver is thoroughly researched and accurate. I also pride myself in knowing that I can make a person uncomfortable in one second flat. View my LinkedIn profile

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