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I understand a GAP year is a break between the end of VCE year 12, and the start of University.

I was wondering what should I do if I choose to take a GAP year. What options do I have?

If I was to volunteer for example, would that be beneficial to my resume in future? Maybe even if I worked?

Universities would also generally allow you to defer for up to 1 year, correct?

Thanks!

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If you have no purpose for a gap year, it's best to stick to the path.

I never valued time until more recently. Maybe that's just me, but taking a gap year when you don't value your time is just a waste of time.

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With all the free time you get at uni including the lengthy holidays, I don't see why you couldn't do those things without taking a GAP year.

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It would also be hard to get back into the whole study routine after taking a year off. Its human nature to be programmed into a certain routine, and if this is disrupted in some way it is often quite hard to get back into it.

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It all comes down to deciding what you'd like to do and achieve in the future. When I was in high school, I thought about taking a gap year but decided against it.

In retrospect, there are advantages and disadvantages. Three years on, I'm glad to be nearly finished with University when most of my friends have one to three years left!

The downside is: If I knew all the things I know now, I may not have chosen to study the course that I did. I see this as the main advantage of taking a GAP year - If you're not sure what course you'd like to choose or pursue, it can give you time to learn more about yourself and find your interests.

As with all decisions related to careers advice, course selection and pathway selection, I (and Merspi) strongly recommend that you consult a careers counsellor or advisor at your school.

It's always good to hear a few different opinions but keep in mind where the advice is coming from - careers counsellors are trained professionals!

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There are so many options in todays University, most of which require pre-approval:


Study part time
Study full time and request a leave of absence
Apply for your course, and defer it for 6months
Apply for your course, and defer it for 12months
Skip VTAC for this year and apply next year


I would recommend you attend every open day you possibly can to get a feel for what environment you will be learning in and the depth of the subject matter. There is nothing worse than having a $25k HECS debt studying something you don't enjoy at all.

As for the GAP year, I'm not sure about other Universities, but Swinburne offers IBL(Industry Based Learning) after students have completed at least 2 years of University. This could be the work experience you're after, most of the students I have spoken to end up working as a graduate in the same company they did IBL with the year before.

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