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For some of you, attending university has always been the plan. Leave home, start Uni, see where life takes you. But what if that’s not you? What if right now you don’t even know IF you want to incorporate University into your future plans? This post should help you out with some options for the coming months or even year, while you figure out what it is that you want to do.
A gap year is one of those things that goes in and out of fashion. When I started uni it wasn’t really a thing. I wish it had been. It probably would have saved me over two years of student fees making up my mind that it all wasn’t for me. Travel, work, nanny in a foreign country… Whatever it is, do it with gusto and get to know yourself better.
It’s a try before you buy kind of thing. Get out there and try a whole raft of jobs and see if anything sticks. Work at a bar, wait on tables, staple memos in an office or launch the next big thing; whatever it is, give it a try! You’ll never regret this time of experimenting and trying new things. You never know, you might just stumble across your ‘thing’.
Maybe you’re not ready to head to University at the moment (for whatever reason) but wouldn’t mind dipping your toe into some study. An online education provider like Upskilled could help. With a huge range of courses, across a number of industries AND some government funded training opportunities, this is a low-key study method you can do from anywhere. And I mean anywhere, there are tailored delivery methods to suit everyone. Worth a look.
Not all career paths benefit from University, so if that includes your future career, now is the time to start. Uni-less careers are usually trade based jobs where you learn at the feet of a master. If this is your path, brush up that resume, hit the pavement and find someone in your industry who can take you on board. In a lot of cases, this can mean a traineeship or apprenticeship with formal qualifications and training at the end. It can also mean an unofficial mentor relationship in industries like photography in particular.
No matter what you do, you don’t have to decide your entire future now. Like I mentioned above, I did over two years of a course I never completed. Life happens, your goals shift and change, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have everything figured out now.
So, good luck out there guys. And if you’re reading this and want to suggest another option or share your gap year/delayed Uni experience, we’d love to hear it.
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.