Please could anyone help me with gap year ideas. I am currently studying Geography, Economics and Maths, with the view of reading Economics (although potentially Law or HSPS) at university. I essentially didn't really think through my university applications and I am now in a situation where I have offers, but I am somewhat indifferent to them.
After coming to the conclusion that a gap year might be the best option for me I have been searching for good ideas. I want it to be a very proactive year, ideally abroad, but I currently lack ideas for it. Could you [readers] please help me.
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- 07-02-2017 19:58
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- 08-02-2017 09:34
If you're unsure of what you want to do in terms of study then why not get work experience in the areas you're looking at to get an idea of what working in those fields will be like. That will help you to get an idea of what you want to study. Going abroad is great but also costs. The alternative is to work for a bit and then enjoy your time abroad.
- 08-02-2017 09:55
As above, if you are not sure that Uni is what you want to do right now, then the sensible thing to do is step back and give yourself some time out. Defer your offers (email those Unis and set this in motion) and then make a clear plan about what you'd like to do.
A gap year doesnt have to be full of deeply relevant things and even connected in any way to your intended degree subject. Its just time out and time for you to leave home/school and do something else while you mature a bit, get some more self confidence and start to think about what makes you feel fulfilled/happy/purposeful.
Many people just get themselves an unskilled job (supermarket etc), save some ££ and then travel for a bit, often on a working holiday visa to Australia, Canada, Japan etc. Then you have a Uni place to come home to, or you decide that you dont want that right now and so do something/anything else in the meantime. Nowhere is it written that you can only go to Uni straight from school. You could wait a couple of years, or even more if that is the right pathway for you. And you might change your mind about what degree subject you want to do - which is also normal and okay.
Places for useful info :
Not Going to Uni : http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/
BUNAC : https://www.bunac.org/uk
Charity Jobs (UK) : https://www.charityjob.co.uk/
Working holiday visas : http://www.australia.com/en-gb/plann...iday-visa.html
Gap year work in UK boarding schools : http://www.boarding.org.uk/442/about...tion-in-the-uk
- 08-02-2017 15:16
If you are indifferent maybe go to the offer holder days and see if you like them any better.
If you don't want to go to Uni this year then I would recommend doing Work Experience for some of the time as Uni's prefer for you to have done something in this time rather than done nothing to do with what you possibly might want to do!