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Why Take A Gap Year Before University or Getting a Job?

Wednesday 12th September 2012

Study at University or Take A Gap Year?Deciding when to take a gap year is more difficult than it initially seems as there are so many factors that come into play. The main influencing factors tend to come from your well-meaning friends and family members. All these parties will have their own opinion so what you need to do is keep at the forefront of your decision making process the question – what is right for me?

When you finish college it can be difficult to be different from the crowd and decide that unlike your friends who are going to university or looking to get jobs that you want to travel the world. Many people tend to take a gap year after university but in this article we look at why there is no better time to take a year out than at this point in your life.

You will find that people’s attitude to academic study is changing and this is mainly due to the cost of securing a university place as well as the struggling graduate job market. There would have been a time in the past when giving up your studies for a year out would have been frowned upon, but those frowns are slowly diminishing these days.

The benefits of taking a gap year out before you go to university are considerable. There is no better time in your life to take the opportunity to experience what the world has to offer. Picture yourself travelling the work and volunteering in Africa or doing a gap year conservation job in New Zealand. These types of experiences will really grow and change you as an individual and these types of experiences can really help you focus your mind on what you want to do with your life.

You could even change your mind on the type of university you want to study at or the type of career that is for you as you have been able to experience different gap year jobs and know what you want to do with your life. Believe it or not, a gap year can make you more determined and focused on what you want to do and in many cases this can help in academic life.

So, we say to take a gap year out at this point in your life is a huge step but one which you will no doubt find worthwhile and rewarding. And you won’t be alone, just think of the huge number of new friends you will male along the way. From our experience, once you take a gap year out you never look back and never regret your decision.