COVID ruined your gap year? VERTO’s advice on what you can do instead

If you were planning a gap year abroad, COVID has stopped that dream in its tracks. And while there’s no denying that’s disappointing – all is not lost.

At VERTO we’ve looked closely at this and reckon there’s some great gap year alternatives! 

Skills to pay the bills

VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell thinks that short courses can be a great way to quickly build the skills you need to help you get a job while you wait for the world to reopen.

“Completing your Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) to work in a licensed venue, gaining the barista skills to make a mean espresso, or getting first aid certification really can help you stand out from the crowd,” he said.


Travel in Australia

With a diverse range of environments and climates, you can take almost any kind of holiday here at home. Even if you’re limited to NSW, you can ski in Jindabyne, visit world-class wineries in Orange and Mudgee, hike the sub-tropical rainforests of Barrington Tops, or learn to surf on the world-famous beaches of Byron Bay.

According to Ron, if you need to fund your travels there are options too.

“Many regional towns are looking for local workers to take on jobs like fruit picking that were previously filled by a steady flow of backpackers from around the world” he said.

Or maybe it’s time to kick-start your career?

Apprenticeships cover more than 500 occupations, from traditional trades to creative industries, office jobs or healthcare and community roles. There is something for everyone. 

“Getting started with an apprenticeship means you can earn while you learn, qualify in an industry with good future job prospects, and even set yourself on a pathway to owning your own business. And your qualifications may even help you get a job abroad, when that gap year becomes a reality,” Ron said.

Make the most of today

So, you can’t take that gap year, but you can still make the most of 2021. An apprenticeship can be a great way to turn your passion into a career! Find out more and explore your options at or phone 1300 483 786.