Top concerns include being a year behind, jeopardising your university/college application and the expense of travels. I am here to dispel all your fears and turn you into a believer!
Most forms of higher education and employment actually love seeing a gap year on the resume. It shows maturity, independence, courage, huge life experience, less common skills and attributes, masses of global awareness and lots more.
All you have to do is make sure you make the most of every moment you’ve got. Don’t use your year as an unending Netflix binge or an excuse to slouch around being waited on by the parents. Use it well: have fun, see the world and gain all the experience you can.
Stats to back my facts… Those who take gap year:
Are attaining higher GPAs and a higher % of 1st class degrees than non-gappers Are graduating faster than those who don’t Show fewer behavioural issues and greater leadership than students heading straight to higher education from school 97% say their year out increased their maturity 96% say their self-confidence increased 75% reported to be more “happy” or “extremely satisfied” with their careers post-university 77% agreed that their gap year help them find purpose in life 66% said they took academic work more seriously after their year out 88% say it added to their employability 84% say it helped then acquire skills to be successful in their career 60% say their experience either set them on my current career path/academic major or confirmed their current choice 60% said it help them decide what course to study at university
If you’re already planning one, you can now feel assured that your decision has been a wise one. For those who aren’t so sure, perhaps this can help you figure out if it’s right for you.
All in all, I reckon that if you’re not wanting to study mathematics or physics, as unis and colleges seem to fear you brain might be wiped during a year away from the books, then go for it!
There’s nothing to lose, and so very, very much to gain…