The rise of the pandemic-era ‘gap year’
What Is a Gap Year?
A gap year is a period where high school graduates explore other opportunities before enrolling in college.
So you’ve decided to take a gap year. In normal circumstances, gap years would involve travelling the world, volunteering abroad, or gaining work experience.
As some universities and tertiary institutes plan to hold classes online to retain students and continue providing education and training, new students face a tough choice – should they delay their college applications?
The reluctance to start at university virtually is by no means unique. For many students, it’s not an attractive option, especially when most universities continue to charge full tuition fees. With many universities shifting to online, the reality of taking a gap year seems very compelling.
Gap years can be a smart decision before kicking off your university journey, however, it’s worth doing your research before making the call. The impact of the pandemic has meant that in the meantime, your options for gap year programs will have changed.
How Has Coronavirus Affected Done a Gap Year?
A popular choice for a gap year tends to be travelling abroad. This may include work or a volunteer abroad program in that country. However, due to current circumstances, this may not be the most feasible option.
Although it likely won’t be paid work, right now would be an ideal scenario to consider volunteering your services. Taking a year off can be an opportunity to give back, and that is the case now more so than ever. You don’t need to go overseas to make a difference. Explore what volunteering opportunities exist within your local community. Contact Nikitha Timmal on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 010 03000 80 for more information. Alternately visit https://www.sizananicharity.org.za/
Internships and Work Experience
One of the most valuable ways you can spend your gap year is by working in an internship or getting work experience. However, the availability of opportunities may now be limited. Contact Jivesh Timmal for internship and work experience opportunities on email@example.com or call 010 03000 80.
If you still want to learn but wish to do so at your own pace, why not consider signing up for a few online courses? There is a wealth of courses to choose from that could range from anywhere between 1-3 months, or beyond. Eskilz College, who are at the forefront of dataless eLearning, is encouraging students to take online courses while travel bans are still in place, in order to stay on top of academic learning and university preparation. The advantage of studying courses online is that you not only get to study at your own pace but by the end, you can come away with a certification that will look impressive on your CV. Although this learning will be completely online, it is a feasible option to keep yourself motivated to learn, whilst still being able to look forward to the university experience in the future.
Need more information or unsure what to study, contact Yogini on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 010 03000 80.
Take Some Time Off
If you need some time to reset and reassess, that is also not an issue. Take the time to learn a language, a new instrument, or find what you want to do in your career. It doesn’t have to be for the full gap year either.
Visit Eskilz College to enroll or enquire about some of our great Dataless online courses and qualifications.
Contact SIZANANI Charity to volunteer your spare time to assist us in one of our many projects.
For Internships in Timmal Holdings, contact us to find out what work experiences or internships are available, we are always looking for young motivated people to join our team.