I’m not going to lie, this is the post out of my mini series I’m least qualified to write. Even though I *sort of* had an idea what I’d spend a gap year doing throughout my final A level year, I only made the final decision to take one on results day, so I’ve only just started making actual plans. I do have some tips and tricks that I’ve picked up so far though, which will hopefully help those of you out who are completely stuck.
First of all, you need to pick the main ways you want to spend your year. If you have absolutely no idea what you want to do, I’ve made a list of ten ways to spend your gap year to give you some ideas. I’d say three goals/ activities is a good amount to focus on; you’ll have variety throughout the year but won’t spread yourself too thin. For example, my three main focuses throughout the year are going to be YouTube/ blogging, travelling and work experience; all of which will add value to my life.
Once you’ve picked the activities you want to focus on, try and put a percentage on them in order of importance/priority. So, for me, my YouTube and blog is 40%, travelling is 40% and work experience is 20%. You can then use these percentages to determine how much time and energy you should be spending on each activity.
Once you’ve done that, its time to get specific. Go through each activity/goal one at a time and plan how and when you’re going to do it. For example, if your main priority is travelling, you need to pick dates, countries and activities. If your main priority is is work experience, you need to decide whether you want general customer service experience or experience more specific to your field of work.
Once you’ve selected, prioritised and specifically planned your activities, you should be good to go! If you’ve missed the other posts in this mini series be sure to give them a read, they’re all about the pros and cons of a gap year, making the decision to take one and 10 ways to spend it. If you have read them all I hope you’ve found them helpful, be sure to leave requests for any other gap year related posts you’d like to see in the comment section! Megan x