It’s Never too Late to take a Gap Year
Have you missed out on a gap year?
It’s never too late to take that break. Many people have a chance when they take redundancy or just simply have a career break. Then there are those who retire and have always wanted to have a years total change in their life.
Gap years were an unknown concept when I was studying. But you can see how a year away from education or a career can be a life-changing experience; and why should that just be the preserve of the young? There’s even a new phrase been coined: ‘grown-up gappers‘.
Take a look at these ideas, either for you or your children … they are a bit different than the normal gap year experience!
For careers that are difficult to break into i.e. the media, it’s useful to get some relevant work experience to add to your CV. Most positions are unpaid, and large organisations such as the BBC recommend applying a year in advance. Try contacting http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/work-experience/ for information.
Volunteer at home or abroad for a life-enriching experience. Use a year out to make a difference either by working in a charity shop here, or helping to renovate an orphanage in Africa. See www.savethechildren.org.uk for more details.
Working in a seasonal job is a great way to earn money early in the year to provide funds for travel later. Contact festival organisers for jobs in catering and stewarding, or consider harvesting at www.pickingjobs.com listing jobs in 18 countries.
Learn new skills, whether it’s learning to cook for yourself or taking music lessons for the first time. Or, book a dive instructor’s course and head for tropical climes.
If you, or anyone you know is considering taking a gap year, take a look at www.gap-year.com for up-to-date information about travel and exciting opportunities that are just waiting to be snapped up.
Have you got any inspiring ideas for a unique gap year or stories to tell?
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