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The Future of the Gap Year - think bigger and get inspired!

What is all the fuss about space age?

In a world hyped up by trending ideas, technology, fast moving consumables and financial bubbles, individuals, no matter the age, find themselves looking to escape from the chaos or ensuing hustle and bustle after their studies or in-between jobs, take on a gap year.

The idea of a gap year gives the individual the time and space to figure out what their next move will be in their life, education or career path. As open as a gap year seems however, breaking away from a normal routine represents change that at times an individual is reluctant to make – but really needs.

The gap year provides one with the opportunity to engage in travel adventures, studying abroad, try out various new career paths, or can be just the simple act of switching off from the world to catch one's breath again.

2017 Year in Review - Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 20172017 Year in Review - Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

- and did 2018 just sneak up on the world?

The year 2017 has whizzed by so fast that it was only at the start of the year that Bitcoin (the crypto currency) went from 999 dollars a unit to over ten thousand-a record pace that pretty much sum up the the above statement.

The year has seen an energetic and intense pace that shifted through politics, technology, space travel, business, sport and entertainment - it wasn’t a boring year at all! It just got very difficult to keep track of what happened so we will be zipping through some notable points.

The Career spin - keep yourself grounded because we are about to go beyond the stars soon...

Years ago, becoming an astronaut was not just a futuristic concept, but a rather outlandish and out of this world idea. Today it is being developed as a tangible system paving the way for future travel, expeditions and fact-finding missions. It seems that an adventure on Mars is not that far away...


The Earth, as odd as it sounds, can now be viewed as a baseline or platform from which to launch missions but still needs to be maintain as a home and so keeping it safe is still a primary focal point..

Careers that shook 2017 -

Any career in politics. The global political system as we once knew it, has totally changed and perhaps what seemed like a robust sector had its layers peeled away revealing a raw fragility. Providing an open season of sorts for individuals in the sector to enter and leave high-profile political positions.

Unemployment: it is real and its only getting worse

Details from both the International Labour Organization (ILO) and The World Bank Group, showed unemployment in 2016 to stand at 199,4 million and estimated that in 2017 it would jump up by a further 1,1 million.


Popular culture: When Thor met Led Zeppelin

2017 Year in Review - Marvel Studios' THOR: RAGNAROK..Asgard ©Marvel Studios 2017

2017 Year in Review - Marvel Studios' THOR: RAGNAROK..Asgard ©Marvel Studios 2017

The anticipated hype of 2017 in terms of film and television series, simmered out quickly and didn’t shake much. HBO and Netflix provided the backbone of binge watching, however Thor: Ragnarok took the world by storm with its official teaser trailer. Yes, a teaser trailer caught the eye of the planet but not by its content, but by its backing soundtrack. By using Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song, the feature brought a tantalizing earful to a generation that perhaps didn’t even know of one of the famous bands of all time and even more so, politically touch a nerve on the current world issues...

Chester Bennington's death sent a shock wave that left a numbing feeling in most, as his voice powered a world of inspiration. Sadly, his death was part of an amalgamation of a large list of celebrity deaths within the year - which we will not morbidly exhume here.

Sport: a year of hopefully specials

Between the 25th and the 29th of August, Shai Hope of the West Indies cricket team gave the planet a glimpse of something special with twin hundreds in the second test match against England. It was a powerful standpoint that that the sporting world hadn’t lost its moments of absolute class and sporting moments etched into history.

While we paused to remember former tennis champion Jana Novotná, we also took time to reflect on the dangers of extreme sport with the death of Daniel Hegarty. It was good to also understand that accidents off the track are just as severe as on the track as illustrated by the tragic loss of Nicky Hayden.

2017 Year in Review - Image source and copyright 2017 Sony Corporation
2017 Year in Review - Image source and copyright 2017 Sony Corporation
Technology:

Whilst the worlds technology companies raced to see who could get to Mars and back. Sony rebooted its Aibo robot dog - bringing home the future once again.

Education: Student Debt and the affordable education system.

The USA has become the global sound board for what can only be classified as an epidemic in terms of student debt. Between countries that offer free education, high quality learning facilities and paid for systems, the balance of student financial management has become so stressful that the calibre of graduate and working individuals being churned out the system is under dire pressure. As the USA sits above the Trillion Dollar mark in student debt, one can’t help but think that if a substantial solution is not put into place to help develop a better global education market, the future of higher education looks like a monstrous black hole!

What to expect in 2018 - The Next Generation Individual

How the world's ‘short game’ is currently crippling a long-term future...

Every year the OriginalSteps.com team tries to put forward a path way of sorts into what could be exciting and genuinely awesome for the year on the horizon. And it seems that fixing current problems and not considering a deeper future is what the planet has positioned itself for. No better example of this can be seen by the characteristics of Global Warming – the signals that where alarmed decades ago that are now beginning to come to light -
Check out NASA: Climate Change and Global Warming and Sky Ocean Rescue.

So, this year we would like to initiate a year of change - pushing for stronger education systems and hardened career paths while looking after the environment to sustain the lives of the future inhabitants. Pushing for the next generation of individual...

In need of a genuine shake up -

Global education systems are in a desperate need of being able to cater for an affordable education system. It is about setting up a system to breed a top talent pool. Enabling the creation of a more available and accessible world-class education to the planets future generation. Changes of such, sit strongly with national education divisions and governmental departments, so this will take some time to motion.

Making careers adaptable -

The creation of jobs and skilling individuals into long term career paths is not as easy as it sounds. With AI on the up and galactic career opportunities a buzz with futuristic noise, individuals need to adapt themselves dynamically to a changing career market. With all the new opportunities to arise mainly from new technology: from AI, cryptocurrency, space travel and social media driven careers and politics, the new year is nothing shy of excitement and adventure – see you there!

By Sofie Schaffner,

My Gap year travel adventure to India with Sofie Schaffner - image credit Sofie SchaffnerMy Gap year travel adventure to India with Sofie Schaffner - image credit Sofie Schaffner

My amazing adventure to the Taj Mahal and that one time my mum (accidentally) got me stoned on opium in India.

First off, of course she didn´t do so intentionally! I´d rather call it sort of an inattentive Malheur. This whole story started at one of the most amazing locations I have visited so far- the Taj Mahal! We booked a two-week taxi tour from Delhi to Agra and on through to Rajasthan which is the easiest way to get around this part of India if you don´t have too much time. These taxis are relatively easy to find in Delhi and they usually have the most accessible taxi drivers/organizations in every regular guidebook. And as for the Taj Mahal...no words can describe it. We initially did not intend on traveling to the north of India but since we were so close (meaning in the same country but still super far away), I convinced my mum we had to visit the Taj Mahal!

A career in sales is just honing on what you already know! Image source: Bigstockphoto Image Credit and Copyright: © Rawpixel.com

A career in sales is just honing on what you already know! Image source: Bigstockphoto Image Credit and Copyright: © Rawpixel.com

There is no real art to selling - we all do it all the time without realizing it. From the time we apply to a kindergarten or high school, to university and finally for all the jobs in our career. We must present ourselves (our unique skills and character) and persuade a ‘buyer’ to take us on. And just like a brand, everything we do is intended to enhance our value. The more we beef up our brand (with educational and technical qualifications) the better our brand and greater the demand for our ‘product’.

The Good Grad 2.0

The art of war by Sun Tzu - Image supplied by Penguin Random House
The art of war by Sun Tzu - Image supplied by Penguin Random House

The liberating effect of starting a business

Pumped up after completing a qualification, individuals excitedly run the gauntlet to find employment. The concept of working hard and getting paid to do a job that one enjoys is a utopian dream that the newly indoctrinated graduates strive for but only a fraction of achieving. Some work smart whilst others end up in the first of endless career changes. Often some have no choice but to bear the burden of paying off student loans or needed to support various financial responsibilities including family.

As careers shift as do life choices, many turn to the prospect of running their own businesses - seeking self-autonomy and control of one’s career and financial destiny. It is a large step into a risky environment but as the saying goes: the greater the risk the greater the reward!