It is that time of the year when students are busy submitting their university applications. However, with an overwhelming amount of school work as an IB student, such as IA assignments, homework and deadlines, it’s not easy. Taking a “gap year” is a great way to ensure that you get enough time to apply for your desirable courses at the best universities of the world.

What, waste a year? You may wonder. As long as you do not “waste” it fruitlessly, taking a gap year may just be beneficial for you not just in your academic life but in your career as well. Because, let’s face it, your career depends largely on what you do, or don’t, at university.

So what do you do after taking a gap year?
First of all, have it clear on your mind as to why  you are taking a year break. Most people do this because at the end of IB they are still unsure about their future. University is a major decision and it is best to be sure before you go ahead and apply. Doing your homework certainly helps in making sure that you are on the right path.

After you know that you are better off taking the gap year, plan how you are going to make the year productive for you.

One of the best things to do during the gap year is to find employment. This helps you learn new skills, get real-life experiences, be better placed for university, and gain confidence, while making money in the process. The pay might not be much considering you are just out of school. But if you manage to get a job in a field of your choice then you are surer about majoring in a related field at university as well.

Freelancing is also a great way to make yourself productive, learn to be responsible and acquire new skills. Alternatively, you may choose to do a course that would be helpful for you at university. Time spent learning is always rewarding and you will never regret anything that you learnt.

Apart from employment, you may choose to travel the world during the gap year. This relaxes your mind and refreshes you before you begin with university and life after that.

If you would like to learn more about taking the gap year and how to turn the year to your advantage, Dr Anil Khare, world’s best admission counsellor will be able to provide you with the right guidance. Dr Anil Khare is a Dubai based IB specialist and admission counsellor who is known all over the world for his expertise and knowledge. A brilliant mathematician and entrepreneur, Dr Anil Khare has assisted thousands of students in the Middle East to get placed in universities all over the world.