•is a good discipline to learn
•can help to pay for later study
•Important not to get used to having too much disposable income
•Practice living on what you will have when you are a student.
•Can fund Gap Year activities
•Can help to create independence
•Can give a different perspective
•Can put some fun into the Gap Year
•Can get you out of your parents’ hair
You don’t want to get out of the habit of learning.
A Gap Year is a chance to learn something you have always wanted to learn – it need not be career related.
Career Research Career Research
Ask about others' career paths.
Look at the job ads in the newspaper
Look at web sites like “Seek” or "TradeMeJobs"
You are looking at jobs you might want to do in the future, rather than current casual work.
Read the job descriptions.
Circle the elements that attract you.
Suss out the Labour market for types of jobs.(careers website)
Keep a scrapbook or clear-file
•Make notes from conversations you have with people about their jobs
•Put in clippings about people doing interesting jobs
•Stick in job ads that look appealing
•Make lists of things you would like to be part of your job
Establish a Profile on Careers Website
•Look up the interesting jobs you have heard about
•Start developing a career plan
•Find out about the courses that will take you in your chosen direction
What do you want to have achieved in 5 years time when you go to your School Reunion?
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