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Taking a year off after school or college? Is it worth it?


How will I explain it to my future employer?
Won’t I become a junior to my friends?
What if I can’t get back to academics later?

If you’re considering taking a year off after school or college and are stuck in this web of questions, it’s time you take a good look around you. Gone are the days when taking a year off after college was considered to be only for the failures.
Here are top 5 reasons we endorse taking a year off after college.

Take a year off to expose yourself to the world by traveling

Most students don’t even know the fields of education that exist in the world. We wonder how they are expected to decide their academic career path for the rest of their lives.
It’s a different story for those who are very clear about the career choices right from a tender age. But if you’re a person who’s still not sure, traveling and meeting people is the best way to get a clear mind, introspect and take a renewed look at what interests you.

Take a year off to do some research

There may be times when you have come down to two or three options of streams of education and universities that you want to pursue, but you’re still not sure. How can taking a year off help you with this cause? Identify professionals in the field of your choice, speak to them extensively about your career options and find a mentor.
You’ll be surprised to see how many people come forward willingly to help you out. Research on the future scope of your choice in India and abroad, the specializations within it and the kind of life your career will offer to you in the future.

Take a year off to do an internship

Taking up a paid or unpaid internship is a great way to constructively spend time when you take a year off from school or college. Taking an internship in the field of your choice is great but chances are that employers may or may not give you substantial work when you are interning.
We think that even a fly-on-the-wall experience of observing how a firm runs is a great way of learning in your year off. 

Take a year off to do volunteering or social work

Did you know that having a year-long social work volunteering experience in your resume will earn you handsome brownie points when you apply to universities abroad?
This trend has still not caught up for selection procedures in India. But for foreign universities, social work is considered to arm a student with unmatched skills that no other certificate course can provide.

Take a year off to participate in an exchange program

There are many student portals, forums and community clubs out there that offer students a chance to visit a foreign country and learn about its local culture through an exchange program. Participation in such programs will help you meet new people, garner leadership and communication skills and learn about new cultures. This will also look great on your resume.
Take a call depending on what stream of education you are going to pursue. If your stream is such that it may require one year’s time just to clear its entrance exams, then taking one more year in addition to that is probably not a good idea. Otherwise, the benefits of taking a year off for the purpose of renewing yourself and garnering new skills, is an idea that we endorse.
Check out the resumes of some of the best students from Ivy League universities, see what they do when they take a year off after school to college, and you’ll see what we mean!
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This entry was posted in Career, Education, Higher Education and tagged Academic, college education, Education research, Employment, School education
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