As a parent, you always want the best for your teen.
But sometimes, the “best” doesn’t look exactly how it did when you were seventeen and could differ from what their friends are up to.
You’re considering it. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here trying to make sense of the gap year idea that your teen suddenly sprung on you.
Or, maybe you suggested the idea after watching your kid struggle to keep up with school, a pandemic, a social life, and their health. Either way, you’re in the right place and we’re really excited to support you in the next steps.
We know that you want to make sure your kid has what they need to succeed, which traditionally has started with a degree or diploma.
But here’s the thing: just because your kid doesn’t go directly into post-secondary education, doesn’t mean they won’t. In fact, the majority of gap year students return to higher education after their gap year. And they ALL return feeling more prepared and more comfortable in who they are.
With rising tuition and living expenses, in addition to a competitive and shifting job market, a gap year is an opportunity to get a leg up on the competition, earn and save money, gain experience, develop new skills, and gain the confidence to take on another 2 to 4 + years of formal education.
As you support your teen in this often overwhelming transition, our resources help guide the whole family in the post-secondary decision-making process and planning whatever comes next.
Still in the post-secondary decision-making process?
With so many things to consider in making a post-secondary decision, this list of questions will help prepare you in supporting your teen during this often overwhelming transition.
Not sure what it takes to plan a purposeful gap year?
Join us at an event to learn the benefits of a gap year, what it takes to plan a purposeful gap year, and to explore programs and possibilities in Canada and abroad.
Looking to ensure your kid has what they need to succeed?
The Gap Year Gameplan connects your teen to Gappers across Canada, events, workshops, and opportunities for skill development, from project planning to self-awareness (and more future-proofing skills!) that help them launch into higher education and their career.
Need immediate support in helping your teen with their post-secondary decision?
Book a free 30-minute call with a gap year expert. Get your concerns an questions resolved so you can confidently move forward in supporting your teen's alternative post-secondary path.