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The 5 Benefits Of Doing A Gap Year Ski Course

The majority of us tend to follow a somewhat conventional way of life whether we’re aware of it or not. We move between life stages without much thought as to whether it’s the right decision for us or merely what our parents want. This is especially true at two life stages: Transitioning from school to university and then from university into your first graduate job. Research by Business Insider suggests that 80% of employers think people are better suited to a job if they have travelled and gained the life experience that cannot be taught. 

So what about taking a gap year and doing something really exciting and different - such as training as a ski instructor? Let’s explore some reasons why taking a year long break and doing a ski instructor course might just be the best thing for your future.

1.     Improve communication skills and confidence

A large part of travel relates to dealing with those unknown and unplanned situations. This is where critical thinking develops to work through these situations with confidence to find an outcome. One of the essential leadership traits that corporates appreciate in their potential employees is their decision-making skills. Making these quick and efficient decisions is fundamental for travelling and also teaching ski lessons.

Doing a ski course during your gap year could take you to places such as Japan, Canada or another country where English may not be the first language along with different customs, culture and food. It’s challenges and experiences such as these that build your confidence and decision-making skills furthermore strengthening your personal development and employability.

2.     Time to carefully choose your career path

It’s common knowledge that tertiary education is expensive. Yep it’s a similar amount to a deposit on a house! All the more reason to take the time to figure out exactly what you want to do before you do it. Not many people know what they want to do straight out of high school and a lot has to do with the lack of life experience. How do you know what you want to do if you haven’t been exposed to it before?

Taking time to explore your interests and experiment with different career paths can actually benefit you in the long run. A ski instructor course on your gap year will expose you to many different people within the industry who may be on a similar path as you. You will learn from these people and their experiences, subconsciously or not. You’ll also develop and learn about your personality significantly through the different people you meet and teach. Many people refer to this as ‘finding yourself’ -  a significant travel drawcard.

3.     Strengthen your CV with a different kind of qualification

Modern day employers are looking at more than just the general education section on your CV. They want to see a well-rounded individual with interpersonal skills acquired from hobbies and extracurricular activities. Additional qualifications such as a first aid course or valuable leadership experience from a ski internship boost your position on an employer’s list, guaranteed. It’s the skills acquired from these real-life experiences that are the most transferable and the most valuable. 

4.     Refreshed and ready to restart

A well-earned break from study is helpful to clear the head and rejuvenate. There’s really no other time in your life where you’ll have the opportunity to travel for a year. Let’s face it, you deserve it after all that study! 

Yes, you’ve travelled with your family growing up, but have you ever been on an overseas adventure without your family? Solo travel is healing for the soul, you never know what’s around the corner or who you might meet. The chances are high that the people you meet in your industry are in exactly the same boat as you and are taking a year out to regain enthusiasm and strength for the next block of study.

5. Perhaps find your true calling as an instructor

Once everything’s said and done, your gap year is coming to an end and it’s time to head back to begin that degree. You can rest easy knowing that if your chosen subject turns out to not be your true calling, you now have a solid ski instructor qualification and priceless industry experience you can fall back on. Thanks to your internship you will now have many useful contacts that will open up many doors to future employment. These days it’s all about who you know, not what you know. Your ski instructor qualifications are internationally recognised meaning you can continue to travel to different countries and get the job you really want while you travel the world.

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