A Structured, Purposeful Gap

Discover Year

About

Discover Year is an innovative one-year career and life skills gap year program that helps young adults better understand what they want and build the skills they need to go out and get it. Our students build stronger self-awareness, confidence, communication skills and resilience to thrive in whatever education or career path they take. They achieve these results through:
- Essential skills workshops
- Mentorship and coaching
- Work
- Travel
- Community service

Reviews

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Ardin
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Discover year - A purposeful, powerful post-secondary program

Discover Year has provided some incredible lessons and opportunities that I will continue to carry throughout my life. For example, before joining I was really struggling to find a job, at 17 and I still hadn't had my first work experience. Thanks to staff and coaches I could land a solid job and start saving my earnings.

DY has also encouraged me to speak up for myself and out to voice my opinions and communicate effectively with others, I myself have witnessed even the shyest students become incredibly confident and outspoken through the year. I think that this course is a great place to build confidence and skills required in post-secondary life and everyone should have a structured gap year like this one.

Pros
  • Real Life Lessons
  • Travel Experience
  • Building Friendships
Cons
  • Covid restrictions
  • Locations for Meetups
  • Sole focus on Group and Teamwork
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katie
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Discover Year

my experience as an online dy student was great!! i loved getting to meet the people during the orientation period when i was in ottawa and experiencing new things!! the workshops were super helpful and informative,, and the mentors were all very insightful and interesting!! although i was physically not there for majority of the year, i still felt like i was apart of the team!! and even though i was not there during the experiential activities,, i was able to still participate in the activities by creating an experience on my own!!

Pros
  • -getting to meet and make new friends
  • -exploring new career opportunities
  • -opportunities to push yourself outside of your comfort zone
Cons
  • -with the online format,, you’re farther away from the group and therefore it’s a bit harder to hold yourself accountable in the goals you set yourself during the program
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Mya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

DY is a great tool!

At 18 I didn´t know what I wanted to do with my life after high school. I did my research and found DY. Since the first moment, every member of the staff was super nice and welcoming. The program itself is a great tool for your gap year. I got to build a lot of skills and learn topics that aren´t taught in school. The community is great and you´ll get to meet a lot of great people throughout the year. DY gave me a sense of who I am and who I aspire to be! Would totally recommend if you want to build new friendships and skills or if you feel a bit lost in life ;)

Pros
  • Psychologically safe space
  • Career conversations - meeting a lot of people of different industries and learning from their careers
  • Building new relationships
Cons
  • Not all the sessions are in-person
  • DY is highly dependable on the community´s participation
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Mya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

DY is a great program and tool for your Gap Year!

At 18 I didn´t know what I wanted to do with my life after high school. I did my research and found DY. Since the first moment, every member of the staff was super nice and welcoming. The program itself is a great tool for your gap year. I got to build a lot of skills and learn topics that aren´t taught in school. The community is great and you´ll get to meet a lot of great people throughout the year. DY gave me a sense of who I am and who I aspire to be! Would totally recommend if you want to build new friendships and skills or if you feel a bit lost in life ;)

Pros
  • Psychologically safe space
  • Career conversations - meeting a lot of people of different industries and learning from their careers
  • Building new relationships
Cons
  • Not all the sessions are in-person
  • DY is highly dependable on the community´s participation
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Mya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

DY is a great tool!

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