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Planning a Gap Year After Matric? Here’s What You Need to Know...

You’ve finally finished Matric, and you can’t decide what you want to study next year (or even whether you want to study at all). If this sounds like you, a gap year sounds like a solution! Today, a gap year can be taken anywhere, for any length of time, doing almost anything you want: from building an orphanage in Malawi or teaching English as a foreign language in Thailand, to au pairing for a family in Switzerland. A gap year is constructive time out to travel in-between life stages. It usually involves travelling, volunteering, or working overseas.

How long is a Gap Year? The Pros of a Gap Year... The Cons of a Gap Year...

A gap year usually lasts for 12 months, while you figure out what you want to do with your life. However, you don’t have to take the full year off. You could decide to start studying after a 6-month break. Alternatively, you might find your ideal career path while you are overseas, and decide not to come back at all. • It gives you the chance to gain relevant work experience in a particular field, and it shows a potential employer that you are independent and able to look after yourself. • It gives you the opportunity to see the world and to gain valuable life experience. • It’s probably the longest ‘holiday’ you will ever be able to take in your life - taking long breaks will be harder once you start working full-time. • If you take a gap year, you will be a year behind your friends who start studying straight away. • If you don’t plan your gap year properly, you may end up spending all that time at home, instead of using it constructively. • If you take a year off from studying, you may struggle to find the motivation to start studying again.

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SA Career Guide Western Cape 2017  

A publication dedicated to assist Grade 10, 11 & 12 learners in understanding what career opportunities are available after school.

SA Career Guide Western Cape 2017  

A publication dedicated to assist Grade 10, 11 & 12 learners in understanding what career opportunities are available after school.

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