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Should You Really Take A Gap Year?

For many of you, it’s almost crunch time. Exam results are due, and with them come a world of possibilities. Should you head straight to uni, take up that job offer or take a gap year?

When I was 18, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. Far too quickly I jumped into Uni (being Scottish it wasn’t such a financial burden), because that’s what my friends were doing. After 6 months I realised I’d chosen the wrong course. But by that time I’d worked out what I really wanted to do. I wish I’d taken a gap year!

That said, it’s so different for everyone – I’m sure you have friends who’ve wanted to be in a certain profession since they were young. Some might already know they want a year out, or want to head straight into the workplace. But if you’re not sure, or even if you know what you want to do, a gap year can always be a great option – just make sure you do it right!

A skier watching the sunset whilst he take a gap year

Photo by Isaac Viglione on Unsplash

 

The Value of The Gap Year

In a previous post we chatted about what employers really think of gap years. Their overwhelming response was that they can be valuable additions to your CV, and show a depth of personality and character that a school leaver doesn’t have.

This doesn’t have to be a ski instructor course like ours – there are so many options! Enjoy languages? Take a TEFL course and spend time in a foreign country being paid to teach. Interested in the charity sector? Join a voluntary expedition and help a community grow. Want to choose a career? Gain work experience in a number of sectors until you find what fits.

Like I said above – it can also be a really good time to step back. After all, you’ve been in education for 13 of your 18 years by this point! It’s ok to take some time to work things out, rather than rushing in. And if you get to stoke a passion at the same time, its a win-win.

 

How is Becoming A Ski Instructor Valuable?

Believe it or not, there’s much more to a ski instructor qualification than hitting the slopes for a few months. The British Association of Snowsport Instructor (BASI) qualifications are accredited by the University of Edinburgh. This means they are recognised by a number of Qualification Authorities, including the EQA. This means gaining the BASI Level 2 is equivalent to earning a Professional Development Award.

BASI Qualification Equivilance

What’s more, you gain transferrable skills by taking a course. You’ll learn how to teach (communication skills, interpersonal skills), explain complex information clearly, and show motivation and determination to reach the level required. These are skills employers find extremely valuable in todays people-driven workplaces. On our course you also learn French and become a First Aider – bonus points really!

 

But I Don’t Want To Be A Ski Instructor!

That’s totally fine! If you want to spend the season skiing though, why not get a qualification at the same time? An employer or university will definitely look more favourably on someone who has gained a qualification along the way.

If you go to University after your gap year, you can still use your qualification. Most Universities have Snowsport Societies – you’ll be more valuable if you can teach your fellow students! Plus, in the University holidays you can teach with companies like Interski, who provide a lift pass, accommodation, travel and a small wage. So you’ll be paid to ski – who can say no to that?

 

If you’re thinking a gap year becoming a ski instructor might be for you, why not take our Resort Quiz and see which resort would suit your personality? It may surprise you!