With an increasing number of students diving straight into work after finishing university, is the gap year dead? No, it’s more alive than ever and it’s not just for teenage students any more! If you are feeling like you missed your gap year, you are not alone! In 2013 only 8% of people taking a gap year were over 35 years old but in 2014 more than 50% of gap year participants were in their mid-30s or older!
Taking a gap mid-career is not reserved for the super rich either; in fact the recession appears to have fuelled an increase in the number of those wanting to take time out! The way we think about gap years is changing, the standard: "but I am too old for a gap year" excuse now won't wash. Whether you’re looking to travel, volunteer, gain more life experiences or all of those things then a break from the daily grind could be just what you need!
Feeling like you have missed your gap year? You are not alone!
A gap year might not be for everyone but taking a year out can be more beneficial than you think. People go on sabbaticals and career breaks for many reasons, whether you're having a quarter life crisis or just looking to find the real you!
Factors such as Redundancy and job dissatisfaction are fuelling the number of thirty-somethings taking a career break. But who said it had to be a whole year? More and more people are opting for a temporary sabbatical or career time out. Take a few months out to further your education with more qualifications, further your career or volunteer!
Okay so your life might not be as complicated as 'The Notebook' but taking a year out or career break can help you discover what you really want out of life. Get involved! A year our might be daunting to think about but theres endless opportunities out there for the willing adventurer. With more and more people every year taking the leap, theres never been a better time than now. If you don’t do it this year, you’re only going to be a year older when you do.