Gap year is a period of time – usually a school year or two – taken by a student to travel or work, after high school before university studies. Gap year is a longer break from formal education or between academic years.
The origin of the idea of Gap Year comes from The Sixties. After IIWW post-war young generation had questioned and refused their parents’ lives and began to search new ways. It was a cultural and social revolution. At the beginning the goal of gap year was simple: going on abroad, travelling and learning other countries and culture were in the focus.
But the point of the gap year has changed for today, not the travel is in the center only the working and charity activities. Taking gap year can provide youngster with such experiences as international cooperation and or competition or networking. It helps to establish new skills eg. building confidence, ability to communicate across the culture, thinking outside the box and accommodating quickly new circumstances and developing to understand others thereby doing different activities.
There are many affects and results of taking gap year. Later it indicates advantage finding college or job. But there are two additional important functions. The first is the positive effect on preparing and supporting the individualization – separation process, it helps the youngster leaving the family home and becoming independent adult person. This pre-planned break also helps their parents to accept the changes and the new coming lifecycle.
On the other hand when the young adult has not yet decided about his or her university studies or career path, gap year experiences can advice them to make or finalize there decision. Sometimes this year’s work establish the financial basis for the upcoming years.
Nowadays the expression of the gap year is used in broader meaning such as a period of time taken out of the regular workflow, dividing different lifecycles during the whole lifetime.