- IMPROVE STUDY RESULTS We do not list the reasons from the most to the least important, but this one is one of our favorite. Gap year can have a positive impact on your college results. Many would think that traveling around the world would affect the backlog of science, and this could not be more wrong. Students who decided to take a one-year break in their studies improved their grades. Distance, finding your own career path and returning to school with a fresh mind and full motivation can work wonders.
- ACHIEVE LANGUAGE FLUENCY
Knowledge of a foreign language is one of the most valuable skills. This is a super-powerful source that will increase your mental potential, increase your employability and improve your confidence. Of course, you can simply learn a language at school, but why not live a language? Immersing yourself in a new culture and speaking in a foreign language 24 hours a day, seven days a week, talking to locals and traveling around the world is a reliable way to become proficient and enjoy all the good points that bring bilingualism and study abroad.
- INCREASE PROFESSIONAL SATISFACTION
Students who decided to take a gap year present a higher level of professional satisfaction. It may not be a priority when you start university, but it’s definitely worth considering. Once you start working, you will spend most of your time there, so the work you enjoy – even on Mondays – will bring more sense to your life. The time you spend looking for a profession that will suit your skills, passions and talents is priceless. Adding education and experience to this will make you feel a significant difference in your life.
- BECOME A WORLD CITIZENS
We live in a global village and the chances that you will work with people from different countries are great. Awareness that things look different in different cultures is an extremely important skill acquired when discovering new places. A year of staying abroad will help you understand how much we differ and at the same time notice how similar to each other are we. It will make you more aware of your origin and give you a new perspective on culture, languages and people. Students who decided on gap year understand what it means to be a citizen of the world and know how to use it.
- BECOME MORE FINANCIALLY AWARE
And this will convince your employers and parents: financial awareness. Guess what will teach you this skill? Of course – gap year. When you need to plan a six-month budget traveling around the world, you will have no choice but to become an expert in saving and planning expenses. Knowing how to deal with your own budget will make entering adulthood much easier. You will feel satisfaction in mastering it while discovering the world.
- DEVELOP PRICELESS SOFT SKILLS
Intercultural communication, ability to solve problems and adapt – a year spent abroad will make you master and improve these nice-sounding soft skills. Emotional intelligence has a positive impact on employability. It looks good on your CV, so the more soft skills you have, the more you stand out. A gap year will give you (international) life experience that you need when you enroll in the university or applying for a job as soon as you finish it.
- INCREASE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Some people worry that a hole in their CV will weaken employability. With all due respect – nothing more wrong, my dear. It all depends on how you use this time. Twelve months of volunteering in the USA, an internship in Barcelona, language proficiency in English and Spanish, and the practice of soft skills will make your CV stand out and break the first ice during the interview you will have to go through.
- AVOID BURNING
Depending on your age, you went to school for as long as you can remember. Time for a break: burnout is something real, students are under enormous pressure to choose a profession and good results at school and in life. Many universities are aware of the problem and encourage students to calmly think about what they really want to do in life, which skills will help them at school and at work, and finally to get some distance together without time pressure or grades. And this is just the beginning of good news: 90% of students return to college with more motivation and enthusiasm.
- DISCOVER AND FIND YOUR PLACE
Decided on the field of study, the profession you want to practice and entering adulthood at the age of twenty (or even thirty) can be difficult when everything around you changes at an extremely fast pace. This is the time when you need to make decisions that will significantly affect your life. Reflecting on what will make you happy over the next 10 or 20 years can change your life. A gap year is a time to try now