Table Topic: Is it necessary to have a gap year before starting a job?

As I know, after graduation, some people will go travelling before they get a full-time job. But some people think if you do this, you would lose the best timing to interview for jobs. What's your opinions?

Thanks for your participation.

Apr 7, 2017 10:30 AM
Comments · 4

Hi Nate,

I took a gap year after secondary school (before uni) and another half year after completing my BSc (before my MSc) and it definitely helped me a lot to learn about myself!  That's also how I discovered languages and starting learning Spanish in Spain and, later, Portuguese in Brazil. Even if you are not going to work in a different language or with international collaborations (and, hence, need another language for communication) the sheer international experience makes you more attractive to many employers, especially those employing people from different backgrounds.

If you are considering whether to go or not right now I would recommend you to go! It's an incredibly valuable experience for yourself and perhaps it will make a job choice later easier for you.


April 7, 2017

I was lucky that my job allowed me to travel. I consider it as a gap because it was not "fully" related to my study.
Travelling was just awesome! I loved it! Unless your job allows you to travel in between, I'd say "GO out there!" because you never know when you'll be able to do it afterward. 

April 7, 2017
It's a purely subjective decision. I have found that, for the most part, people who know exactly what they want to work towards professionally after graduating are often less likely to take a gap year and those who aren't entirely sure what to do after graduating are more likely to take a gap year. For the former, a gap year represents a loss of momentum and for the latter it represents more time to contemplate what to do in future. Obviously there are exceptions. If you don't feel like your the job you want to do is "going anywhere" and will definitely be available to you when you come back for it, maybe you'll look at a gap year as a nice break before getting stuck in... But I don't think that's most people's situation. There's no objectively right answer though. ^^;
April 7, 2017
Hi Nate! 

In my view, the answer to this question differ depending on which country we're talking about and of course there's many questions that must be pondered on and answered first. Is the rate of unemployment in your country is high? If so, is the situation getting worse? What has been taught in its universities is enough to get a job or not? Sometimes during interviews, you're asked about something important related to your job that you've never heard of before, so you figure out you have to pass some courses first, which takes you several months more, in order to make getting a job possible. 

I do believe that we don't live to work, we work to live so it's vital to take a rest and have fun but let's face it, procrastinating finding a job might damage our life seriously, so in my opinion it's more wise to find a balance between them. In short, it is definitely necessary to have a gap but it shouldn't be last very much. 

April 7, 2017