The Gap Year’s second chapter

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Taking a year off, traveling the world – what sounds like a romantic flight from the world is a real option for many college and university graduates. After having spent the majority of their lives learning indoors, young people seek a year away from pressure to perform – to try something different. Some volunteer for non-profit organisations in far-away countries, some just travel and visit places they always wanted to see (backpacking in Thailand becoming almost a cliché). However, this kind of a fun gap year with lots of free time is starting to yield to being just another possibility of improving one’s CV. So instead of relaxing on some beachy island, more and more students take the time of a gap year to learn Mandarin, complete a masters degree abroad or volunteer in countries with exploding economies to have a better shot at interviews for later on, explains a recent Huffington Post article.

Globalisation is at its peak. That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that the interest in not only spending time abroad as part of a gap year but as an international student has risen immensely. The New York Times notices a record amount of students’ exchanges between the U.S. and other countries highlighting the benefits of cultural exchange. A study conducted in Scotland proves the huge number of benefits for the country itself brought by international students. Sharing knowledge, integration and new perspectives are just a few among those advantages. One of the most important ones is of course improving one’s language skills. That’s where the flashcard maker BRAINYOO comes in handy: You can learn online with the webversion, flashcard app or the desktop version. Despite the upsides, there are still some obstacles to face, the most obvious being how to pay for living expenses – especially in countries with expensive universities and colleges. When deciding for an old school kind of gap year – setting off to see the world – the question remains whether future employers see the benefit of an applicant’s broadened horizon or just someone who spent a year hanging out on the beach.

Taking a year off, traveling the world – what sounds like a romantic flight from the world is a real option for many college and university graduates. After having spent the majority of their lives learning indoors, young people seek a year away from pressure to perform – to try something different. Some volunteer for non-profit organisations in far-away countries, some just travel and visit places they always wanted to see (backpacking in Thailand becoming almost a cliché). However, this kind of a fun gap year with lots of free time is starting to yield to being just another possibility of improving one’s CV. So instead of relaxing on some beachy island, more and more students take the time of a gap year to learn Mandarin, complete a masters degree abroad or volunteer in countries with exploding economies to have a better shot at interviews for later on, explains a recent Huffington Post article.

Globalisation is at its peak. That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that the interest in not only spending time abroad as part of a gap year but as an international student has risen immensely. The New York Times notices a record amount of students’ exchanges between the U.S. and other countries highlighting the benefits of cultural exchange. A study conducted in Scotland proves the huge number of benefits for the country itself brought by international students. Sharing knowledge, integration and new perspectives are just a few among those advantages. One of the most important ones is of course improving one’s language skills. That’s where the flashcard maker BRAINYOO comes in handy: You can learn online with the webversionflashcard app or the desktop version. Despite the upsides, there are still some obstacles to face, the most obvious being how to pay for living expenses – especially in countries with expensive universities and colleges. When deciding for an old school kind of gap year – setting off to see the world – the question remains whether future employers see the benefit of an applicant’s broadened horizon or just someone who spent a year hanging out on the beach.

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