Don’t Wait! Why Not Consider A Gap Year?Posted: 28th of May 2015 by
Since you are here at NotGoingToUni, chances are you are weighing up your options right now. Maybe you are just looking into vocational courses as an alternative to university, perhaps you are set on taking an apprenticeship already, or maybe you don’t really know what you are going to do! Whatever your reasons, it is good that you are thinking of your future, but maybe you should also consider putting your next step on pause and opting to take a gap year?
Before you start worrying, no, this is not trying to sell you on any particular destination, or gap year provider. Where you go is up to you, and while we would advise you to go with a reputable gap year provider, I think you are smart enough to look into that sort of thing yourself. Besides, it would be a bit presumptuous considering I don’t know your circumstances! Nor is this one of those, ‘I’ll pretend to be talking about Gap Years, but end up just boring you with my own stories, dahling,’ sort of blogs.
No, this blog is simply about opportunity. Of course, not everyone wants or is able to go on a Gap Year. For some it may be financially impossible as they may really need to get out to work as soon as possible to earn some money. Others may feel they just want to ‘get on with it’ and start their studies, and yes, of course, you can always pick up and do some travel later on in life.
However, why wait? If you have the opportunity, why not take it right now? Most people who have done a gap year say that it is a life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they are glad they did. Seeing other parts of the world and other cultures broadens your mind. It can teach you new skills, improve your confidence, and offer you a new way of looking at the world. Seeing past your street or city will change how you see your place in the world. You will see similarities and differences that will let you see that wherever you go, despite the cultural differences, people are pretty much all the same.
The benefits of getting away are clear, and when coupled with a sense of freedom and independence that you may never have had before, it is easy to see why so many people are attracted to the idea of a gap year.
Of course, you can travel later on, but the question is, when? Once you start work it may be hard to get the time off to travel (and certainly not for a great amount of time), and this is all without thinking of all the other things that may get in the way as you get older – a mortgage, family, bills, etc.
Why not just grasp the opportunity now, while you definitely can. Don’t wait until it is too late – just have a look at the gap year opportunities and see if any of them suit. After all, it doesn’t hurt to look, does it?
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