There are a lot of people who look to travel and to see the world once they have finished school. For some, it is a case of visiting foreign shores while for others it is more a case of staying locally and expanding their horizons from there. Wherever it happens, the reality of the gap year is that it does require that work happens in order to fund the desired lifestyle. But quite what work to do is often the question. The goal is generally to find a means to earn a living, it is not about building a career. The gap year generally happens before university so there are no qualifications at play yet. All you want is a flexible job that pays well. So, if this is something that you are looking to do, here are a few ideas.
Working security is certainly not glamorous, but it pays well, and it tends to be something that most able-bodied young men are equipped to do. Security roles vary from guards at factories to bouncers at clubs, armed response patrollers or you could even investigate cash in transit jobs. There are plenty of angles to investigate – most of which will require a week or two of training and thereafter you will be good to go. It is also likely that they will want applicants with no criminal records – which is generally achievable for most people who are fresh out of school.
This is another great place for able-bodied young men to make a living. You don’t have to be trained in a specific trade or bring a specific skill-set to the mix. All that is really needed is muscle-power. People to lift and push and carry and move. This is hard work, but it is in demand. It does not work that anyone can do because it can be gruelling. You won’t want to turn this into a career, but it pays well, and it is an industry that loves to make use of casual labour. Find the foreman of any construction site and make some enquiries, you could be earning sooner than you think. But make sure that you look and are the part before you apply. If you have never been to a gym or look like you would get blown away in a strong breeze, then you might not get the reception that you were hoping for.
This is the traditional domain of the young and hip. Working behind a bar or as a waitron. The options are many and they can extend to playing the hostess at a fancy restaurant or being the DJ. This is a great way to earn money and, because so much of it depends on tips, it is something that you can influence nicely if you have an engaging personality and a willingness to go the extra mile. What is also nice is that it is generally paid in cash which means that there are no tax implications. When you are on your gap year, young and carefree, the last thing that you want to be worrying about is tax and various deductions.