Here’s the situation: Summer is fast approaching, exams are looming, you’re surrounded by a mountain of revision notes and cramming in every last piece of knowledge you can… but you may also be starting to feel a little nervous.
What happens if you’re results are better than you thought? What could that change? Would you still want to go to the uni you applied for our take that same path?
What happens if you don’t get the results you are hoping for? You may have arranged your next steps in terms of university, apprenticeships or work – but if those plans don’t work out this year, it’s important to start thinking about what your next move could be.
It’s a stressful time, but having a well thought out back-up plan takes the pressure off a little. It means you’ll still have a path to success mapped out – it will just be a slightly different route to your ‘plan A’.
If you don’t get into your top-choice uni or perhaps decide you want to choose a different uni, or struggle to instantly land that job you have your heart set on, taking some time out to travel can be the ultimate back-up plan.
If you choose the right trip, travel can offer so much more than just a bit of fun in the sun. It gives you a chance to boost your skills and employability, discover new interests, make your mark on the world and take some important time out to reflect on where you’re at and where you want to be heading in the future.
Add to your experiences
Don’t forget that your grades will make up just one part of your job or university application – no matter what they are. It’s the extra experiences and skills you have that will set you apart from the crowd and help to give you a really well-rounded CV. Being able to talk about that time you worked as part of a team to construct a community centre in Kenya, or the way you used your organisational skills to plan and budget for your trip are perfect examples of why you make a great candidate.
If you’re looking to apply – or re-apply – to university, you can add to your achievements by earning extra UCAS points on an overseas programme. Camps International are accredited by ASDAN which means you can use your volunteering experiences towards a CoPE qualification, earning you extra UCAS points to add to your university application.
Develop your skills
If you’ve got a specific career path in mind, taking part in an internship placement abroad is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in your chosen field as well as giving you a good taste of what it’s like to work in that job.
At Camps, we partner with local organisations in Asia and Africa to offer internship programmes in a wide range of different areas – from education to law to business and agriculture. You’ll get the chance to shadow local the local team and get stuck in with rewarding practical experience.
Gain a new perspective
Maybe if your original plan doesn’t work out, you might feel like exploring other avenues. That’s totally fine – as you grow and develop you’re bound to change your mind about what you want to do, and it’s very rare for people to stick to their original ambitions for the rest of their lives.
But a change can sometimes leave you feeling a little bit lost and it can be hard to know where to start. Travelling abroad gives you a chance to step out of the routine of home and it’s the perfect opportunity to get a bit of space and perspective when you’re looking to change track.
Try new things
Travel opens your eyes to new ideas and experiences you may never have thought about before. You’ll meet people from many different backgrounds and you’ll be massively inspired by sharing your stories, hopes and dreams together.
You’ll also have the opportunity to get involved in experiences that you wouldn’t try at home. Learning about problems of deforestation in the Amazonian rainforests while helping to plant new trees may spark a passion for conservation or environmental work. Seeing the proud smile on a child’s face as you teach them to count to 10 in a new language could have you imagining a future career in teaching. Even if you don’t use these skills directly, the experiences you have will no doubt leave a lasting impression on you as you make your future choices.
Whether you fancy a shorter 2- week trip in one location or a 3-month experience taking in 2 countries in one continent, Camps International offer a wide range of programmes across Africa, Asia and South America. Whichever programme you choose, you’ll be working on worthwhile, life-changing projects that that will give you valuable experience and unforgettable memories. Find out more by requesting your free brochure and gap year planner today and start organising your ultimate back-up plan.
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