Gap Years Between High School And College Lead To Increased Employment OpportunitiesPosted by staff / August 11, 2014 Collegeeducationgap yearhigh schoolinfographic
With all of the cliques and popularity competitions, high school is not usually the best place to find yourself. So why would it make sense that 18-year-olds fresh out of high school should start college and declare what they want to do for the rest of their lives? In Australia and many European countries, there is a growing trend of high school graduates who take an extended break from school, often referred to as a “gap year” where they travel, volunteer, and/or work. This allows for increased clarity regarding what they want before they start pouring money into a college degree. In the infographic below, Rasmussen shows why these scholastic sabbaticals are on the rise, especially in the U.S.
Last year the American Gap Association awarded $2.5 million in gap year scholarships. Combined with parental funding and work abroad opportunities, approximately 40,000 students deferred admission to universities last year. Of the surveyed students who have taken a gap year, 66% said they took their school work more seriously when they returned and 60% were more sure about declaring a major. 88% said their gap year made them more employable and 75% were “happy” or “extremely satisfied” with their careers after graduating from college.