Long-term, students who took gap years
overwhelmingly were satisfied with their jobs," says Karl Haigler, one of the authors of the study.
However, gap years
have come on a long way and, when used wisely, can really help young people decide what they want from their future.
RECORD numbers of students receiving their results today are set to jet off on gap years
in a bid to escape the economic gloom.
THE demand for so-called gap years
has risen since the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, particularly among the over-30s.
Around 50,000 young people a year are thought to take gap years
, and those who choose to do so have a number of options.
While gap years
are more common in England, they are gaining popularity in America since employers and graduate schools look favorably upon students who seek worthwhile experiences away from the comforts of home.
While the university doesn't explicitly encourage gap years
, we are more than happy to work with students who wish to defer their enrollment so they can take part in potentially life-changing experiences like this," said Matthew J.
org, a website resource for taking gap years
, volunteering or working in the nonprofit sector.
have come on a long way in recent times and are no longer a fancy way of saying you're still living with your parents, enjoying long lieins and catching up with daytime soaps.
In fact, few seem to think that gap years
are anything other than beneficial, because even if a young person ends up somewhere they don't like, doing something they hate, it's all considered to be valuable experience and life-affirming.
Universities encourage people to do gap years
," he said.
One such specialist - Gap Years
for Grown Ups - says that around a third of its customers are now over the age of 50.