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Ellaine Evans

Nambour Christian College

Ellaine Evans

To take a gap year or not to take a gap year? It’s a dilemma faced by many school leavers.

Ultimately, it’s a decision you have to make yourself, says former Nambour Christian College student Ellaine Evans, who took a year off between finishing high school and starting university.

But Ellaine advises anyone taking a gap year to use the time wisely.

‘It’s important to find a job, a hobby, volunteer work or other community engagement to keep you grounded and occupied. It’s too easy to do nothing but play games and watch TV.

‘I sometimes struggled to motivate myself, but having strong creative impulses and being a volunteer on an artistic project gave me something constructive to focus on.’

Ellaine is now working towards a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast, majoring in creative writing and serious game design.

It’s a perfect match for someone who is passionate about both storytelling and gaming.

Ellaine says: ‘I’ve always wanted to be involved in the creative industries, and have flitted between a few different ideas. Knowing that few authors or artists make enough money to make it a full-time job, I started looking for related careers that I might find engaging as a day job.’

While Ellaine knows her future is in the creative industries, she says her career dreams are still ‘rather open-ended’.

‘I’d be happy as a manuscript editor, a game writer, an author, or possibly an artist. Maybe I’ll end up dabbling in all of those areas!’

Subjects: English, Maths B, Modern History, Study of Religion, Visual Art
Career goal: To work in the gaming industry

Last updated: 09-Feb-2016