Taking A Gap Year Essay

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The Pros of Taking a Gap Year “Gap time is a year or semester students take off before enrolling in college” (Taormina, 2012, para.2). The idea of taking a gap year is relatively new to the people of the U.S but is common in European countries as they focus on things besides academics. Each student/person who wants to take a gap year has a different reason doing so such as charity work or even gain work experience which is very beneficial. However many parents believe that taking a gap year is a waste of time, yet a study provided by Hostelworld (2016) showed that 80.56 percent of students had new experiences worthwhile. This is why students/people should take a gap year. One reason why students should take a gap year is because it greatly enhances their résumé. No matter where a person would have worked abroad, they would gain international experience allowing them to increase their knowledge in businesses with other cultures which would impress the interviewer. According to a survey conducted by YouGov (2011) 63 percent of UK HR professionals said that a constructive gap year spent volunteering or gaining work experience overseas made a job application stand out and almost half (46 percent) said they would be more likely to employ a graduate with gap year experience involving independent travel, working or volunteering overseas than one without. Not only…show more content…
Opposers worry that postponing university/college may sidetrack the student from continuing his/her education. But taking this break is very beneficial as it allows a student to mature, develop on their own and become independent. Once students are introduced into the real world and what it actually takes to survive it, they learn more than they ever would have in a classroom as the leading way to learn is
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