IT MAY seem scary to put your “decided career” on hold by taking a gap year, while most of your friends get a head start on planning their future. But taking a gap-year abroad can transform you into a better version of yourself — a version that can otherwise lie dormant. Here are a few ways how:
You’ll be confident in your eventual career choice.
In high school, you may have learned unnecessary algebra, historical events that happened decades ago (in a fashion tailored to suit your country’s version of the story), minimal language skills, and basic computer skills. How’s that going to help you choose a career?
What you likely haven’t learned are your passions, your natural skills, and abilities or how to interact in a global way. Take a year — before deciding on a college degree you might never use — to explore your options. Learn about the world hands-on, by indulging in culture, exploring various terrains, and opening your mind to a unique way of living.