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Is your post-secondary journey not living up to expectations?

Taking a break from your current program could just be the best decision you make for your future.

So, you followed what you thought you were ready to study after high school and are now thinking you've made a mistake. Maybe your grades aren’t where you want them to be, maybe you are overwhelmed by all of the changes, or your program or school just isn’t the right fit.  


Or, maybe you just graduated, but you feel anxious about launching into grad school or the workforce because school didn’t prepare you for the real world.

You want to feel confident and ready as you finish your diploma or degree. Yet, taking a break makes you feel like you’re falling further behind.

You are not alone and you are never too old to take a gap year.


We are here to tell you that it is OKAY to take a break and you are not a failure for honouring what you need while you figure out your next steps. Actually, you’ll benefit more from an intentional pause in your studies rather than pushing through when you're burnt out and unfocused.

So, how do you know if it’s the right choice?


First - have you looked into your school’s policy to see if you can take a break without penalty?


Yes, this exists! It’s often called a short-term withdrawal or academic leave.


What you’ll want to do is get in touch with your student success team and have them show you what to do and how to do it. This allows you to jump back into your current program at the same spot you left, but this time, feeling a lot more excited and motivated about what’s ahead.

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Next, you need a plan.


To make sure your break is purposeful, you’re going to need to get clear on your why, then figure out the what.


Our 4-Step Gap Year Planner is an instant downloadable planning tools that helps you break down the key components of a purposeful gap year so you can build a clear plan of action guiding you forward.


Along the way, you’ll get connected to cool opportunities across Canada, including jobs, internships and scholarships, programs that help you gain hands-on experience, and digital badge certifications that beef up your resume.

Confident about taking a gap, but not sure how to tell your parents?

We’ve got a cheat sheet for that! Talking to your parents can often start with a lump in your throat as you break the news about a gap year. This download helps you confidently approach the conversation.

Don’t know any other students who have taken a gap year?

Our CanGap Ambassadors are current Gappers and alum sharing their experiences, challenges, and tips with you so you don’t feel alone walking the gap path.


Already on your gap year but could use more support ?

Enroll in Back-on-Track coaching. This 5-week program helps you take action when you’re feeling totally uninspired and unmotivated with cohorts running in January, February and March.

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Need support in deciding if the gap path is right for you?

Book a free 30-minute consultation call with a CanGap Gap Year Expert.

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