A GAP break may be the perfect answer for many young people who are tired after completing secondary school. The advantages are worth considering. Remember, a GAP experience doesn’t necessarily have to last for a whole year.
Parents can help young people prepare for interviews by helping them think of possible questions well before an important interview. Even knowing that they have thought about possible questions gives students greater confidence.
If your teenager has had a negative experience at an interview, always offer encouragement as well as empathizing. Give the message that it’s okay not to get the first job or the first leadership position we apply for. Stress that each interview is a learning experience. Which question was unexpected? What would have been a better answer? Which question was difficult to answer?
Students and parents need to keep up with the constantly changing tertiary landscape. It really is true that knowledge is power. The right knowledge can help students gain entry to very popular courses and even avoid being one of the many tertiary students who don’t make it past the first four or five weeks at university or TAFE.
University websites are a great place to start researching interstate possibilities. They generally have a wealth of information on courses, facilities, support and accommodation for interstate applicants. However, another great resource are the coordinating agencies responsible for administrating the application processes in each state.
Studying interstate at the tertiary level is becoming increasingly popular with Australian teenagers. Many parents are still reluctant to consider this and often don’t know where to obtain reliable information about their concerns.
Taking a break after completing secondary school can give young people the breath of fresh air many desperately need. Many students are burnt out after the hard work they have put in leading up to those final school exams. Many are also unsure about the future and a GAP break may give them the time they need to really think before making important decisions about future courses and careers.
Young people today are incredibly lucky to have such a great range of tertiary courses to choose from. However, sometimes this can be overwhelming if they don’t start becoming familiar with what’s available. This should be done before reaching the final year at school.