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Taking a Gap Year

by Paywand Hassan
(Iraq)

In some countries, young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking a gap year before entering university. Give your own opinion and support it with examples.


Education systems are different from country to country, but the most developed countries are doing researches by collecting data and information to provide their students the most relevant knowledge and opportunity to enhance and encourage them to have this kind of abilities to manage their life properly. Moreover, adults are considered as a fuel for running the countries economy and accelerate the development process. So, enriching and enhancing adults, especially in the stage between high school and university, is the more crucial task of the government’s responsibility to build most successful individual for their countries. In this essay I am going discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking a gap year before entering university and in conclusion I will show some points in regard to my opinion.

Furthermore, the advantages of giving this gap between high school and university for working or traveling abroad are more than the disadvantages. According to conducted research and studies, students will be more successful in their university’s life academically and socially, because they will learn and gain more information about the life outside education field, and they will notice the importance of having experience for their future. On the other hand, they will be more familiar with the job market and financial situation.

While, the disadvantages of this gap can be concluded in three points. Firstly, some students will not going to university after having a good payable job opportunity. Secondly, some students will lose the courage to start university life after taking this gap. Thirdly, traveling aboard and be familiar with different cultures enhance some students to change their first goal, for example maybe some of them planned to study medicine and after having this gap maybe they will find studying in the IT departments are more acceptable in the job market and you can reach it faster.

In conclusion, in my opinion the advantage of the gap is more than the disadvantage, in the end with this gap the students are going to learn from their experiences and real life. Meanwhile, the social activities like having a part time job and taking responsibilities are more likelihood than going directly to the university. Finally, the student will not be fresh graduated if they have this one year of work experience and they have some information about working life after university.

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