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Rhee Helliwell | Nov 21, 2016

5 benefits of taking a gap year

Categories: Summer, Teens, Education, Children, News, Holiday Fun

Taking a gap year can be an extremely enriching and transformative experience for students.  Yet, for many parents a gap year can be worrying and spark concerns that University will get put on hold or that degrees won’t be completed. However, this is rarely the case, especially as gap years are such inspiring and life changing experiences- it simply gives students a well-deserved break and some time to grow, mature and experience the world. Here at Tutor Doctor we want to put parents’ minds at ease and explain just a few of the benefits of taking a year off.

1.Experience different cultures

Experiencing a gap year abroad allows students to explore and live in a completely different culture. Not only will this broaden their horizons, it will shape their opinions and often prepare them for big life transitions, learn how to take control of new or scary situations and also appreciate what they already have.

2.Develop New Skills/Personal Growth

Often whilst students are embarking on their gap year, they will develop new skills along the way.  This can include anything from learning a new language, finding out about a city’s history to life skills such as how to communicate and adapt quickly. It will also have a huge impact on a student’s personal growth and is a fantastic opportunity for them to make real-life mistakes, learn from them, recognise their achievements and understand more about themselves. It’s certainly a humbling and life changing experience- something that can’t be taught at school or read about. 

3. Discover Passions

A gap year helps students explore their interests and allows them to develop new ones. It can also provide perspective on what they really want to study in University or even careers they want to pursue. This can range from discovering a love for photography to wanting to teach young people English.

4.Boost job prospects

Participating in a gap year can really improve a student’s CV and boost job prospects. In fact, it displays many qualities future employers are looking for such as team work, courage, the ability to face challenges and willingness to try something new.

5.A well-deserved academic break

When students hit 18, it’s natural for them to want to take a break from the classroom- after all they have been in education for 13 years! A gap year is a great way for them to experience the real world on their own as well as give them some time to re-charge before heading off to University.