I don’t think the idea of having a gap year for one or even every year is going to be a sudden revelation, a sudden out-of-body moment, but rather something you have been thinking about “had in the back of your mind” for some time. Perhaps this booklet may give you the conviction to turn your idea into reality.
I am deliberately using a discursive style so as to engage with you, the Reader, as though in dialogue together. I have used topics which have been the most common concerns and challenges for people wishing to break the typical career mould.
I have always encouraged people to be ambitious in their thinking and have gained a lot of personal satisfaction from being the facilitator to help many achieve that “dream”.
When you have read this booklet and still feel positive about your plan, your goal, your idea – then just do it. Even the preparation stage can act as a catalyst in terms of finding out how motivated you are. I have known several people to change their minds whilst planning new ventures. This change indicated that whilst they were still seeking a career change, their particular choice was not right either from a time or logistical perspective.
If you enjoy the title because you feel you would love to have a gap year every year, then you will also enjoy reading this booklet. It takes an unconventional approach to traditional norms. It undermines the rule that a structured career path is for everyone and it challenges ambition, performance, achievement , industry growth and promotion a being suppositional establishment terms and not necessarily the only aspirational life goals setters.
This booklet is, in sympathy with the above theme and is deliberately not structured, since to consider having a gap year every year, would require breaking with convention in our approach to would-be norms.
Society constantly distinguishes between work and play. Yet we can also challenge this stereotype view. Is there always a clear demarcation between work and play? Can work also be play? We are aware that it can be the other way round when we hear people say, ‘This is more like hard work’, whilst referring to a recreational pursuit and conversely we are familiar with people who say, “I love my job. I would not call it work.” So we might conclude that when it comes to work and play, what is the difference and which is better? It is always difficult to generalise. We can only really individualise.
Is it a Personality Thing? Does Personality Matter?
Your personality is important when considering a gap year because your perspective on situations will depend on it. Certain personality types will be highly adventurous, enjoy taking risks or aiming for dramatic life-style changes. Other types will be more cautious and endeavour to negotiate the ‘parachute option’ with their employer. They will request a sabbatical knowing that their job is secure when they return to work.
[Extract from ‘How to Have a Gap Year Every Year ‘ by John Lowe on amazon]