Hey Daylenis great question!! Short answer is yes, it is totally fine to take a gap year if you are not sure what exactly you want to pursue as a career. I have many friends who after having graduated college, went on a trip to Asia just to have a little break from school and have some personal time. Gap years when utilized correctly, can be extremely rewarding and often lead to discovering a potential career path.
There are many things that can be done during a gap year; volunteer work, a part time job, or travel are all examples of potential activities that can be done during a gap year. I would suggest being active and getting involved in something during your year off as the best way to spend a gap year and not remain at home doing nothing. Being active in whatever way best suits your needs and vision is the most productive way to do a gap year.
I would suggest looking into internships for your gap year as they are an excellent way of exploring your interests and are often short in duration which can be a good thing should you not enjoy that internship. Internships are offered in nearly every job field and there are tons out there just waiting for you to apply to. Looking on your college's job board, career service website, or meeting with a career guidance counselor are all good ways to assist you in the discovery of the right internship for you.
Austin recommends the following next steps:
- Explore your college's job board for internship opportunities.
- Make an appointment with a career guidance counselor.
- Ask your friends if they have heard of any good internship ideas or if they have any leads on good gap year options.