Kohut, for example, started her gap years
not knowing exactly what she was going to do and acknowledges that she could have done a better job of planning beforehand.
And there is evidence that employers see gap years
as a positive addition to a CV as it can show commitment, increased maturity and a desire to learn.
have never been more popular - and the right choices can impress employers on the return home
A Mintel report estimates 520,000 Britons take a gap year
trip each year, of whom 90,000 are on career breaks and 200,000 are 55 and over.
Using a gap year
to travel the world or learn new skills before heading to university is increasingly attractive to many school leavers.
Studying abroad during the gap year
prepares incoming college students for the entire college experience, both on an academic and personal level," says Brian Boubek, president of Cultural Experiences Abroad, Cambridge, Mass.
Students looking for information on gap years
can often find it at college fairs, as Samara did, or they can go to a gap year
org, the group will volunteer in more than 10 countries in Asia and Europe to give back during their gap year
between college and graduate school or full time employment in the U.
If this sounds familiar, a gap year
may provide the solution.
THE gap year
was never an option for school-leavers when I was a teenager.
Employers love gap years
because they can see someone has done something - at 18 most people haven't done anything.
FROM those enjoying a well-earned career break to baby boomers with the means to retire early and set off around the world, it would seem the gap year
is no longer just the preserve of student travellers.