- Taking a gap year will give you the time to evaluate and improve your skills.
- A gap year will give you the opportunity to identify what your career goals are.
- You could save money for your future education.
- During a gap year you can build on your CV by taking a short course.
Taking a gap year can benefit you greatly. It is a time to think about your future and build your career.
Here are 4 reasons why you should take a gap year:
- Evaluate your skills.
- Identify your career goals.
- Save money for further education.
- Create your CV.
1. Evaluate Your Skills
If you take a gap year you will have the time to reflect on your past achievements. You will be able to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses during your high school years and determine how to improve your skills.
A good idea is to do skill stacking. Skill stacking is the process of compiling skills together so that they compliment each other. This way you will be able to identify which skills you could work on.
2. Identify Your Career Goals
Taking a gap year will give you the opportunity to create a career plan. It is important to know what your career goals are, because it will give you an idea of what to study.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- If you could do any job in the world, what would you want to do?
- What do you enjoy doing the most of all?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
3. Save Money For Further Education
There are many ways that you can make money during a gap year. Saving money for your future will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Read about how to get a job without any experience here.
You could also ask someone in your family or friend circle who has a business if you can do informal work for them.
4. Create Your CV
Doing activities that can build your CV is a great way to make good use of a gap year. Building your CV means that you take part in opportunities that will contribute to your CV and impress employers.
Some of the activities include:
- Studying a short course
- Job shadowing
Studying A Short Course
Seeing that you will have a lot of free time during your gap year, you could take a short course, or a part-time course.
Studying a distance learning course will be advantageous to you, because you can study from anywhere, as well as at your own pace.
A course will provide you with valuable skills and knowledge which you can add to your CV.
Volunteering will not only give you the chance to enrich the lives of others, but it will also show future employers that you are someone who is willing to go the extra mile.
Click here to find the top 10 volunteering opportunities in South Africa. Make sure to also search the web for other opportunities.
Job shadowing is when you observe the daily activities of a certain workplace. For example, if you want to know more about marketing, you could contact a marketing company and ask if you can join their team for a period of time to see what they do.
Job shadowing will provide you with in-action information about a specific job. You can also put it on your CV to show recruiters that you are passionate about the career field.
Author: Simoné Coetzee