If you have decided to take a break from education and want to take a gap year, it is important to make the most of it as you will not be able to get any of the time back. It is easy to procrastinate and to use the time to ‘relax’, but you will likely feel better about yourself and how you spent your gap year if you had a clear purpose. Read on for some tips for making the most of your gap year.
- Make a plan. Planning has never hurt anyone. Sit down for a moment and write down what you would like to achieve by the end of the gap year. If you have had mental health difficulties, your goal could be to recover and build up enough healthy coping skills to be able to return to work or university.
- Decide on the stepping stones to reach that goal, but before that write down all the things you really want to do. For example, if you have been dreaming of learning the guitar or a new language, now would be the time to do that. It is the time to follow your dreams, whilst you still don’t have to worry about any commitments or money.
- Only say ‘yes’ to things that help you reach your goal. Do not take a job just because you think you need the money. Only take a job if it will be good on your CV, and/or give you time to do the other things you plan to do in your gap year.
- If you plan to travel, make sure to stay in contact with your family with a good phone plan with international calls. Find a Vodafone Store Ireland or visit https://kingcommunications.ie/.