What to do when you feel like you are not ready to study

It’s a common occurrence for school students to feel lost when they must start considering their future, and the steps they have to take to get there. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” really only works for preteens with vivid imaginations.

When you reach an age where you really have to decide what it is you actually want to do, it can feel like you are swimming in a deep pool with no horizon in sight.

And then of course, the one sentence all parents dread: “I think I want to take a gap year”. What now? How can you waste an entire 365 days of your life? Well the simple answer is- you’re not wasting them.

How to make sure your gap year is put to good use

The point of a gap year is to find your feet, evaluate your dreams and build your ambition. To do this you have to make sure that your ‘time-off’ actually gets used as a strategy plan for an immaculate new adventure.

1. Participate in activities that will build onto your CV
Working in a bar or a restaurant is a fast way to earn cash to support your social life, but is it really all you can be doing? Make sure that you also use this time to participate in NGO volunteer work and intern positions, or even to start a sustainable and goal driven side project of your own.

Want some more ideas for building your CV? Well, that brings us right to point 2.

2. Sign up for an accredited course, short course or diploma
Just because you are not sure yet what you want to do, does not mean that you don’t already know where your interests lie.
Why this is a good idea:

3. Ensure your parents that you have thought your decision through
When you tell your parents that you have decided to take a gap year, make sure you have a foolproof plan that will guarantee them that you know what you are doing, and that you know what you are working towards. Have your brainstormed ideas mapped out and ready. Your aim is to communicate your future plan thoroughly by making sure that you can answer any of their questions and defend any of their criticism regarding your plan.

Remember, your parents truly care for you and sometimes mom and dad really do know best! So you should also give them the space to voice their own ideas and concerns, so that you can all reach a deciding point together.