The Gap Year Association defines a gap year as "a semester or year of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or postsecondary education, in order to deepen one's practical, professional and personal awareness."
A gap year can look different for everyone depending on their interests, but good planning is key for a successful experience. The interlude can be made up of work, travel, volunteering, internships or independent exploration.
If you’re considering taking a gap year, it is important to think carefully about whether it’s the right decision for you, and what you might gain from it. If you’re applying for a university course or for a professional role before or after, you’ll be expected to show that your year was not only fun but also productive and meaningful. So when planning a gap year you should consider how various activities will: help you develop personally and intellectually, contribute to a good cause, gain a deeper understanding of the world, as well as develop enterprise, maturity, commitment and independence outside of formal education.