Sometimes things beyond our control (like pandemics and natural disasters) mean we need to change our gap year and uni plans. Being able to pivot away from Plan A toward an excellent Plan B, when needed, is an essential life skill. But there is more to a pivot than a simple change of direction. It is a precise, considered move that steers you into entirely new space with confidence. So, how can we best learn the art of the pivot to deal with changes to our gap year and uni plans? We are here to show you.
In this episode, we are going to introduce a tool for thinking about complex re-directions and decisions. This technique is about achieving understanding from multiple different perspectives. You can apply these to any situation you find yourself in. And we have given you a few examples to get you started.
Check out Rachel and Amy’s experience with pivoting in response to change during their journey through gap year and uni.
Arriving at a point of indecision about gap years and uni is normal. But, when those of us that are most certain about what we want to do can run into unexpected obstacles. The goal of this episode is to become more adept at pivoting when roadblocks (like COVID-19) fall in our path.
We’ve provided some worked examples about changing gap year and uni plans because of COVID-19. Get started with our handy guide to learning the pivot.
This episode, we are encouraging young people to approach issues and decision making with a model of lateral thinking created by Edward De Bono. With this, we can learn to consider and evaluate multiple elements of a concept, issue or problem. We have put something together to give you some information and help you use this mode of thinking and conversation with young people making uni and gap year decisions, especially in response to COVID-19.
Pivot your journey from far and wide to close and narrow by looking at your local community. Check out a previous episode of ours exploring how degrees can influence a small town.
Make gap year active by checking out the ways in which you can make the most of it through action – like applying for TAFE or getting work experience to increase earning potential when you’re at uni.
Bolster your pivot plan in response to bushfires or COVID-19 with these UAC benefits for those affected by unforeseen circumstances.
If you are struggling with how you are feeling it is important to know you are not alone and support is available. Beyond Blue has a 24 hour support service available https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/ (phone/webchat), or you could see your local GP to discuss supports in your area. If you feel you need immediate support or are in crisis contact Lifeline 131114 or 000.
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Was the ‘gap year’ resource we shared with you any help? We want to know what you think.
A ‘gap year’ means taking a ‘break’ to engage in various activities between the end of high school and starting your next study.
The University of Sydney is collaborating with the University of Canberra, the University of Wollongong and the Country Education Foundation to develop a free and non-branded information resource to help people decide about gap years and transition from a gap year to the university or other further studies.
Please know that the resource is free and available to everyone; but, this resource is something new … so we are keen to know what people think about it and to research whether the resource is useful or not.
You don’t have to participate in any research just because you use or subscribe to the resource. If you don’t want to participate in the research, just go back to using the resource like normal.