I’m back again with another post! Today I wanted to talk about my experience of taking a gap year between finishing my A levels and starting my degree.
I talked myself into taking a gap year when I realised I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to go to university or not. I am still so glad that I did this as I really don’t think I was ready to go straight into university however there are many things I wish I did to utilise my year out of education more effectively. I thought now would be the perfect time to create a discussion on my blog about gap years with a level exams in full swing.
I don’t want to sound cliche with this one but I do wish I spent a bit more time focusing on myself and finding what I would like to do to make myself happy. Putting myself out there and into situations I usually turn down and being out of my comfort zone would’ve done me the world of good. I also wonder if it would’ve affected what I ended up studying at university and even which university I’d of ended up at. If I have learnt anything over the past couple of year its how much you can change and develop in such a short space of time.
take up a new hobby
This is something I really wish I did. With so much time on my hands, I wish I started a new hobby. Something I have always wanted to do is start a youtube channel (keep an eye out here). That year out would’ve been the perfect opportunity to start a project like that up. I didn’t even have my blog back then to keep on top of!
try working within the film industy
This one is very specific to me but can be adjusted to any career aspiration! By putting yourself out there you already have a one up on your peers. It also helps you come to the realisation as to whether the course you’re spending thousands on is right for you!
work hard but not too hard
Throughout my gap year, I worked full time in a retail job. Although many of the skills required within retail are transferable I personally don’t think it is worth spending a year purely working hard on a job you can’t see yourself in 10 years down the line. I mostly worked to earn money to back me throughout my time at university and is now something I am truly grateful to myself for doing. I do wish however I gave myself a bit more time to do things that I may never have the opportunity to do again after starting a career.
learn something new
There are SO MANY things I would love to do that now I haven’t got the time to do. Things like learning how to use certain computer software & learning sign language to name a couple. I wish that during my gap year I took a few online courses to learn the basics of these things. You never know when they will come in useful in the future!
So there we have it! My top 5 regrets during my gap year. Did you take a gap year? I would love to know what you got up to. Or are you going to be starting a gap year this September? I would love to know what you have planned!