Are you considering taking a gap year? What is your main reason for wanting this?
We all have an image in our minds of what a typical gap year entails. For some, it is backpacking for a year between school and university. But not everyone takes a gap year after or in between studying, some take a gap year after many years working in the same job. It’s basically taking a break or some time off from your regular life to focus on yourself.
The pandemic has made such a huge impact on education, jobs, travel and our economy. We all had to adjust to the changing landscape in 2020. But what is in store for you in 2021? How will Covid-19 affect your way of life this year? If you think you need to take a gap year and have the opportunity and means to do so, we have some suggestions on how you can make the most out of it.
While travelling is one of the most popular activities on a gap year, ongoing restrictions and safety concerns in Australia and abroad made this all but impossible. However, if you are keen to travel, why don’t you explore your local area! Check Smart Traveller for updated travel advisory, news, regulations and border controls.
On the bright side, there are other things you can do on a gap year at home:
Volunteer – Make yourself useful and explore opportunities to volunteer and contribute on worthwhile projects to help others. If you’re looking for life or work experiences, volunteering is great way to gain fresh and new experiences, improve your employability skills, network with others, and build on your resume. Overall, it can be a well-spent time especially if you choose the projects that align with your interests, talents, skills you want to build on, and the career you want to explore.
Earn some money – You can spend your gap year working. You could be working for the first time to save for your education, or you could find a job doing something you have not done before. You can look for jobs near home, online or in different parts of Australia. Just like volunteering, it could be a great way to develop new skills on the job and gain new work experience.
Online study – If you’re unsure of the study or career path you want to take next, studying online can help you explore your career options while gaining new knowledge and skills in the process. At AOT, we have Accredited Short Courses as well as Certificate and Diploma courses designed to help you learn new skills in various careers. You don’t have to hold off on your education while on a gap year. Online learning can help you discover and decide on the life and career you want.
Start your own business – You could use the break to set up and get that business idea you’ve been thinking about off the ground. At AOT, we offer small business courses that are designed specifically for someone starting their own new small business.
The best part about a gap year is you can do all these things at the same time. With more time on your hands, you can volunteer, earn money and study. It’s up to you to make the most of your time if you choose to take a gap year this 2021.
Benefits of taking a gap year
- Gain new experiences
- Take some pressure off about choosing your course and give you more time to think about and decide on what you really want for your life and career
- Develop new skills to increase your employability
- Discover new interests, passions and talents you never thought you had
- Be ready for uni
- Broaden your horizons
- Have a better understanding of the world
If online study is something you would want to take on this year, feel free to explore over 70 career courses at AOT. Here’s to hoping that 2021 will be your best year yet!