All of the sick post-school options (no uni degree required!).
There’ll be loads of pressure placed on you towards the end of high school that’ll lead you to think your ATAR will determine your entire future. But guess what? It so doesn’t have to. Your parents and teachers will have srsly encouraged you to ace everything so you can get into uni, which is great, and you totally should try your best ’cos it’ll make you feel good about yourself, but if you don’t make it or if tertiary education simply isn’t for you, the world won’t end – there are loads of other ~amazing~ opportunities out there that don’t require an epic ATAR! If you’ve got no idea what you want to do next, that’s totally OK. But rather than rushing into something you’re not really set on, why not take a gap year? A gap year is a break between graduating school and either continuing your studies or finding a job. It offers the chance to recharge your batts and gain some awesome experience, and gives you more time to decide what to do next. Here are some mindblowing things to do on a gap year.
EXPLORE THE WORLD
You’ve spent years hitting the books hard and focusing on your studies, so why shouldn’t you treat yourself to a totally lit getaway? During a gap year, the world is pretty much your oyster. Find a place you’ve always wanted to visit, save up your dosh and head on over. If you’re keen for an extended stay, you could even look into getting a working visa – then you could get a job at a restaurant or retail store and just soak up the culture for a
while. Overseas travel will give you valuable life experience, the chance to make new friends and, best of all, amazing memories you’ll cherish forevs.
LIVE THE AU PAIR LIFE
Are you ~amaze~ with kids and keen to travel? Then you might make a fab au pair. An au pair is a nanny or babysitter who lives with a fam in another country (usually somewhere in the USA or Europe) and looks after the fam’s children in return for free flights, accommodation and some money. As an au pair, your job will be to take care of the kids by helping them get ready for school, doing activities with them, and feeding and bathing them. And if they’ve got a pet, you’ll probz have to look after them too (tough gig!). DW, you’ll receive formal training before you go to make sure you’re prepped and ready for the job. This is a fab opportunity to develop your childcare skills while also exploring another country. FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT GAP.YEAR13.COM.AU/ GAP-YEARS/AU-PAIR.
BECOME A JILLAROO
Fancy yourself an outdoorsy gal who love love LOVES animals? Jillarooing might just be your calling! So, basically, you’ll be sent to live in the Aussie outback and your job will be to feed the cattle, sheep and horses, look after the yard by building fences, tending to crops, shearing sheep, fixing saddles and horseshoes and other outdoorsy tasks. You’ll spend your nights kicking back by a campfire with your fellow jillaroos and jackaroos (the male equivalent). You’ll experience Australia’s epic and iconic outback, meet friendly peeps and, best of all, get paid to do it! IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOUR THANG, CHECK OUT GAP.YEAR13.COM.AU/GAP-YEARS/ JACKAROO FOR MORE DEETS.
Do you get a kick out of doing good and giving back to the community? Maybz you should take some time off to become a humanitarian. There are heaps of overseas opps that will send you travelling to help out a developing country. Places like Fiji and Thailand offer initatives where people can head over and assist with conservation projects as well as childcare programs. Helping out people in countries that are less fortunate will be incredibly rewarding, plus you’ll gain life experience and suss out another country in the process!