After you leave school or college and are faced with a host of big decisions about your future, it’s understandable that you’d want to take some time out and work out the right path for you.
Many people take a gap year in their late teens or early 20s and it can be a great way to get some perspective and really think about what you want to do with your life. One of the options open to you is working as an au pair.
This could actually be a very savvy option if you’d also like to travel, as you can work as an au pair for a family overseas, earn some money and get to see a new country all at the same time. If you have any aspirations to go into teaching or education, it’s also a good option to consider as it will give you childcare experience too.
Of course, there are plenty of other things you can do on your gap year, including travelling without working, volunteering either close to home or overseas, or interning to get some work experience in a relevant industry.
Earlier this year, the Independent also offered some advice on how you can travel the world while getting paid. As well as working as an au pair, other options included training as a flight attendant and teaching English as a foreign language.