Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Gap Year - Great Idea

I am not sure if the so-called 'Gap Year' makes more sense after high school or after college... or both, but I see the value in it. Article today in the Enquirer profiles several local high school students taking a year off to pursue personal goals and get a break from school. I think it's a wonderful idea, and though the article doesn't touch on it, I think there is a need for more students to choose things other than college. Perhaps it's social work, perhaps it's music. Maybe it's a trade.. (chef, carpentry or computer system administrator). There should be more options for kids who don't have an interest in english, calculus and physics. There shouldn't be such a stigma on kids who choose not to go to college. There are many careers in this world that have no need for a college degree, and so many life experiences you can get without going in debt $40,000.

I think it's a great idea to take some time off. I even think more jobs in the business world should offer sabbaticals or unpaid leave with benefits. Taking time off work to travel, volunteer or just relax could do wonders to recharge batteries and provide even more effective workers.

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