With A-Level results announced last Friday, this was a big week for many of you. Perhaps you spent the weekend celebrating and making plans. Or perhaps you weren’t pleased with your results and spent the weekend wondering what to do now.
Don’t fret too much. There are loads of options out there to gain solid experience and build the skills you’ll need to get wherever you want to go.
One attractive option is the obvious gap year with travel to a foreign and exotic land. I’ve done it and highly recommend it. You’ll have adventures and make friends that you’ll never forget. But more than that, you will gain solid experience in logistics, interpersonal communications, strategic planning and negotiating. Even more, you’ll gain a great deal of the perspective, cultural awareness and global outlook that companies and organisations look for.
If you can’t afford to globetrot, or are just one of those people who needs to be productive, why not earn money while traveling by teaching English? Many companies reimburse your travel expenses, subsidise your living costs, and even pay you a small wage. By living simply, you’ll be able to save to travel around your teaching schedule. You can even find an internship or a teaching assistant position. Whatever the role, you’ll build substantial skills in self-sufficiency, organisation, resourcefulness, and communications.