All people are different. Some like to jump straight into
tertiary study after finishing high school, whereas others might want to start
working immediately. Perhaps they want to travel or maybe they have no idea
what they are going to do.
Taking a gap year can be a fantastic option but there is no
denying that it comes with a unique set of pros and cons. We’ve had a look at
the best and worst aspects of spending a year away from the books.
Life experience is something that cannot be taught in the classroom. This could come in the form of traditional work experience or from
travelling the world, visiting different countries and experiencing different
It is a good chance to take a step away after 13 years of
schooling and draw breath. A year without the pressures of assignments and
exams might be just the tonic required to hit your straps when you decide to go
back to university.
Make new friends
Travelling the world exposes you to new people, as does
full-time employment. Regardless of what path you choose to embark on during
your gap year, you are likely to form new friendships along the way.
It’s easy to forget all about university when you are
working full-time or travelling around the world. A gap year can become gap
years before you know it, so remember that if you want a career that requires
tertiary study, you will need to get qualified at some point.
Obviously, this doesn’t apply to those working instead of
studying but for the travel enthusiasts, a gap year can fast become incredibly
expensive. Budgeting might not sound like much fun but it’s better than being
The opportunities might seem endless when planning what
you’re going to do during a gap year but it’s important to ensure you make
the most of it. Travel, work, live, don’t just use the 12 months as an
opportunity to sit around and do nothing.