Students may benefit from gap year

June 11, 2015

The Globe and Mail reports that many Canadian students could benefit from taking a gap year—a year off after high school to travel, work, or volunteer—before starting college or university. The article notes that while gap years are common rites of passage in Europe, they remain relatively rare in Canada. Advocates say that a gap year can help students explore their interests and possible career paths before committing to a particular educational program. Lauren Friese, founder of online career resource site TalentEgg, says that a gap year can also provide the opportunity for students to differentiate themselves to prospective employers further down the line. There are now programs in Canada that offer young people structured gap years, including life coaching and personal development options. Globe and Mail