The gap year? That year between… Well…a Gap Year is a tradition in which many Europeans engage

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The GAP year? 

  • That year between…

Well…a Gap Year is a tradition in which many Europeans engage. . .

  • Between their high school graduation and college
  • OR between college graduation and starting a full time job

The Gap year is…………..

  • New graduates spending time - up to a year - pursuing interests, trying out new things, and following their heart and passions.
  • A gap year is constructive time out - it can be anywhere, anytime, doing anything.

Do you wish you Woulda…

  • Had an Internship?
  • Studied Abroad?
  • Taken a foreign Language?
  • Chosen a Minor?
  • Applied to Graduate school earlier?

It is a Journey

  • That can lead to

It Has Its’ benefits

It Has Its’ Worries

  • How will you be insured? The basic things to check whether policy covers:
    • Medical, medical conditions
    • Working abroad
    • Do they provide a 24-hour helpline
    • Are there any exemptions
    • Hazardous sports: It is important to make sure that you are covered for the activities you are likely to take part in-Be aware that companies may make a distinction between doing a hazardous sport once (and spending your whole time doing them

There is a name for people who do this- Gappers

The Gap Year is really Legit- There are websites dedicated to this

    • Our own SU Gap website
    • Gap Year Jobs
    • Escape Artist
    • RealGap Experience
    • GapGuru

What can you do during a Gap Year?

  • Travel
  • Have an Adventure
  • Get a one year Internship
  • Get a one year job
  • Help Yourself
  • Help Others

Have an Adventure-in the US or Overseas

  • Adventure Jobs $$$

Get an Internship that last ONLY one year

  • Internships Abroad
  • Look to the Federal Government
  • Global by SU Alumni, Steven Reilly.  Places students exclusively in internships.
  • AustraLearn

Get a Job that last ONLY one year-Overseas

  • Teach English Overseas $$$
    • Footprints
  • Job Opportunities Internationally
  • (it last 2 years) $$$
  • Transitions Abroad

Get a Job that last ONLY one year-in the US

  • A network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
  • AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. They tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. Created in 1993.

Get a US Job for one year Continued

  • City Year unites young people of all backgrounds, ages 17-24, for a demanding year of community service and leadership development in 16 U.S communities and Johannesburg, South Africa

Helping Others-Abroad

  • Volunteer Abroad
  • You will find a variety of needs
  • Varying lengths of time
  • Some cost $
  • Some are religious The St. Vincent Pallotti Center American Friends Service Committee

Helping Others-at Home

  • America’s Communities of Service

Help Yourself

  • Study for the GRE
  • Study a foreign language
  • Take prerequisites to get into grad school
  • And couple it with volunteering

To Be a Successful Gapper

  • Write a preliminary goal statements for your year off. Include strategies for monitoring and assessing your progress.
  • Be prepared to answer questions that will potentially be asked by employers or graduate school admissions personnel.

You can Gap and Thrive!

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