Take a break!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


Choosing a path in life just after compulsory education might be a challange. You're in your late teens, just figuring out who you actually are. Maybe you don't know what you want to do in the future and after high school, you should take a break.

Many people despise taking a gap year, considering the people doing so end up watching Netflix on their parents' couch the whole time. That might apply to some people, but a gap year is a great opportunity you shouldn't miss, especially if you aren't sure where to go in life. You have dozens of options what you can try out after high school.

I personally would want to take a gap year in a few months when I finish high school, just to try things out. The issue with taking a gap year currently in Finland is, you have to apply for at least two higher educations to get the government's benefits if you don't get a job. If you get into a school, you shoudl go because otherwise getting in next year will be harder. The only excuses you can have to keep your studying place and take a gap year are pretty much getting pregnant or military service.

That's a good thing you can consider. Not the pregnancy, unless you have it planned out and all, but military. Where I live, all males are required to serve at least half a year. That's good, because it gives them something else to do than study. Some females end up serving as well and it's a great thing for them. They get exprience, learn something and you can bet your ass it'll look good on your CV. I don't have that option and that's depressing because I'd do it if I could.

Obviously, you wan work. That is a great way of spending a gap year; you get work exprience, money and you get to do something else than go to school. Maybe listening to a teacher all day isn't your thing and you don't have to do that while working, at least most of the time. 

As well as work, you can do something that you've always wanted to do. There is nothing stopping you from following your dreams and doing what you want. If you want to go abroad and help local communities, do it. There are several agencies that would be happy to have you volunteer for a good cause. Some destinations are quite pricy, some aren't. You have to know where to look and do your research. For example, if you live in Europe, EU offers volunteer work in Europe for young adults thorugh the European Solidary Corps. They pay most of the costs and send you somewhere to help others. 

If you want to start a new hobby and excel at it, go for it. Try things. Find your what's your passion. If you have yet to decide what you'd maybe want to study, research. Look up things that interest you and learn about them. What's more important than everything, get out of your comfort zone of waking up to school every day and do something else entirely.


Submitted: December 11, 2018

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Bert Broomberg

It is very interesting to read how some things are done in Finland. I think a gap year can really add to someone's look on life.

Tue, December 11th, 2018 9:24pm

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