You don’t have to spend your gap-year travelling the globe!
The point about taking a gap is to try out new experiences that leave you feeling refreshed and stimulated, to learn something new and possibly come up with some new ideas about where you want your life to head next.
So if you’re frustrated that hardly anything you were taught at school seems relevant to your life, why not use your gap-year to learn new skills that you choose yourself? You can make them as useful as you want.
There are plenty of evening classes available at local colleges, though usually only in term time, and, if you’re thinking of training that doesn’t involve university or are looking for ways to expand your skill set as part of a change of career direction, check out the Learning and Skills Council, which exists to promote lifelong learning, with the aim of young people and adults having skills to match the best in the world.
A gap is also a good opportunity to explore interests that may, up to now, have been hobbies. You'll find some great options from our database in interest areas such as archaeology, art, cookery, drama, music, learning a language, or photography.