Thinking of what you can do after SPM? Or are you done with pre-university and have some time before entering university? Are you on a gap year? After getting the well deserved rest and relaxation, there are many things you can do during this short time window in getting yourself ready to face the world.
Internships are a great way to learn about a field that you are interested in, or simply getting a job experience. If you are interested in journalism, why not apply for an internship at a publishing house or media company that gives you the real world experience of the job? It is one thing to learn about something, but another to actually apply what you have learnt.
Internships enhances your CV as employers tend to value the experience you have in your related field. It makes you stand out among the other candidates. Getting a permanent job in the industry is also much easier if you have done an internship as people in the field would know that you have had the relevant experience and exposure for the job you are applying for.
2. Part-time work
What is the difference between internships and part-time work? Typically, internships are for students who wish to gain experience in their related field or in an industry that they are interested in working in later on, while part-time work is more for gaining a side income.
Part-time work is greatly encouraged, especially during this early transition into adulthood and the working world. It gives a sense of responsibility and humility, especially when having to earn your own money instead of depending on someone else.
Other than gaining some side income, why not give back to the community? Which cause do you feel most strongly about? Pushing for the rights of marginilised people? Saving the environment and wildlife? There are definitely charities for each of these causes that open their doors wide open to volunteers.
Volunteering builds character and teaches you how life can be more fulfilling when we give back and share our blessings with others.
Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI) is one you can partake in that is dedicated towards addressing the welfare and needs of women, children and destitute.
4. Learn a new skill
Pick up guitar lessons, learn martial art, paint or do what you always wanted to but never had the time for. Some people regret the things they did, but even more regret the things they did not do, the experiences they never had the courage try.
5. Starting a company
If you are the type of person who thinks big and find Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates inspiring, why not start your own company? Begin with something you are passionate about. From starting a tech company to something more traditional as making hand-made rings, selling thrifted goods online, all can lead to a successful venture if it’s solving a problem or value-adding to people’s lives.
Furthermore, you could either do it on your own or with partners. It should be something you enjoy doing and at the same time, building a fortune. You are never too young to be an entrepreneur. Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire at the age of 23!
If you are young and have some time on your hands after SPM or waiting to continue your studies, you have a small time window to explore, before more responsibilities kick in once you begin working life. You have a golden opportunity to build your character by learning the values of humility, hard work and discover your passion. These are the years that will shape who you are as a person and determine how you live your life. Use the time wisely.