I’ve been immersed in all things school on a professional level – high school and college – for quite awhile now, and of course, I’ve traveled both these paths myself as a student.
And, I’m a huge fan of taking a Gap Year because of all of the benefits you can reap; one of which helps you to simply gather yourself and contemplate what you really want so you can choose consciously.
Yes, there’s a strong cultural push to transition right into college straight out of high school. This is a great option for some, but not for all.
College may not be your thing or it my not be the best choice for you right now.
And you know what, that’s OK. In fact, it’s more than OK, because we’re not just talking about your NOW, we’re also considering your LATER.
If you’re just not feeling college right now (for whatever reason), consider taking a Gap Year.
My dad required that I take a gap year to work when I was a high school senior (looking back, turns out many of my early decisions and approaches to work and life were simply ahead of their time).
My gap year turned into a gap period (I had a strong religious focus at the time and chose a missionary route). I ended up pursuing my college degrees as a non-traditional thirty-something.
No matter, it was great advice then, and it’s great advice now!
It all worked out great; I wouldn’t change a thing. Lots of lessons learned that helped blossom my strength, courage, resiliency, determination and commitment.
Know that you don’t have to be a high school senior to consider this option.
Perhaps you’ve already launched your college journey and you’re just not feeling it. There are some specific things you can do to hit pause and take a Gap Year.
Who knows, a Gap Year may be the answer to your “what do I do next if I don’t go to college” or “what do I do next if I don’t want to continue college right now” question.
You build a solid bridge to your “just right” work and desired lifestyle when you know what you want.
It’s OK to give yourself a little time to explore, figure YOU out, and figure out your place in the grand scheme of things.
Any pressure or overwhelm felt from those who love you and mean well is steeped in fear of the unknown.
Don’t be afraid of the unknown, stare it down and plunge into it.
If you fully embrace explorer mode for a period of time that’s right for you and commit to uncovering YOUR answers, it can prove to be one of the best decisions you’ve made to date.
There’s nothing worse than fearing the unknown AND plunging head first into it without the slightest clue of where you’re headed. That can add up to wasted time, effort and money.
Knowing the general direction of where you’re headed, first, increases your chances of getting where and what you really want.
If a Gap Year is the right solution for you, what will you do and how will you plan it?
Robbi Crawford, Professional Mentor, Author and Speaker is the founder of BrijBrand.co. Subscribe below so you don’t miss a post. Visit our website BrijBrand and get on the list. Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn. We’re here to help you get unstuck, get where you want and contribute how you want.