Admit it, we all have been in a position where we aren’t ready to leave school and enter the workforce.

Upon graduation from college or university, there are good chances that fresh-graduates feel unready to join the adult world. The transition between being a dependent student to independent worker could be tough. You might find yourself surrounded by new people you don’t know how to deal with, get to know professionals that inspire you, make funny mistakes in your first job, and even embarrass yourself while adapting to the new environment.

Taking a gap year

As daunting as it might sound, landing a job is an important stage in life we cannot avoid. But here’s the good part: you do not have to get into there directly after graduation. Instead of putting yourself in the talent market directly, you can take a break first. 

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Having a “me-time” during the time gap will help you discover so much more. According to stats from Global Banking & Finance review, 80 percent respondents believed that taking a gap year can greater their chance of employability. You can fill the gap year with training or taking courses to help you prepare entering the adult world. You can also use the gap year to figure out what you really want to do in life. It will be a good experience as you can avoid making mistakes from your lack of knowledge. 

In order to make your gap year more valuable, here are some other suggestions.

  1.  You should make your gap of employment useful to make intentional choices by taking a course or training. You will not be fully ready until you make a decision – so, use your knowledge and willingness to decide better.
  2.  You can set plans during your gap in employment. Of course, you cannot be unemployed forever unless you are being supported financially for a lifetime. So, create a plan of when you should be employed and what kind of job you want, then set a date to when you need to send the resume. Create an eye-catching resume so recruiter will see you during their employment. Visit here to find more tips on how to create best resumes.  
  3.  You should clear your “bad reputation” in the network. Remember that no one wants to hire a ‘jerk’. So, if you happen to have posted something bad on your social media, it will be better to remove them immediately as recruiters nowadays conduct an online background check before hiring candidates. 
  4.  You can create a journal of your journey. Be it journal of your gap experience or lifetime, the notes will help you track your ability and improvements better. The journal will also help you during job interview session. For instance, you can refer to your journal what you are good and capable of doing best.
  5.  You can surround yourself with competent, good, and kind people. Consult and tell them about your unreadiness to join the adult world. They usually can help you set better goals and re-evaluate them for you. But of course, in the end, you should decide what’s better for you because only you know who you truly are and what you truly want to be/do in life.

Learning the adult world

While taking a gap year will benefit you a lot, you might wonder what employers will say about that when reviewing the resume as you might think that gap year will decrease your value in the employer’s eyes. Jason Clark in an interview, however, stated differently. He commented that an individual who has taken a worthwhile gap year is indeed an appealing prospect. “What we want to know is what people have done, why they did it and what they do to get out of it,” Clark emphasised. In other words, as long as you make a meaningful gap year, recruiters will still think positively about your unemployed time.

Nonetheless, if you want to get a job as soon as you graduate from university, college, or high school while you are not ready, you can always learn. You can learn how the adult world works by employing yourself in their world. It will not be as scary as you think it is. You might make funny mistakes but you can always learn from it. Besides, there is a free on-the-job-training, pocket money during your training, more experience and more chance of employability. You can also meet experts of your interest field as well as leverage your network when you join the workforce.

A piece of advice

So, how to decide between taking a gap year and diving into employment directly? The trick is to consider your needs and preferences first. After encountering your own doubts, you will figure out whether you are ready to apply for a job or not. Because if you are waiting to be ready, you might never move from your current position or you might never develop as a person. Best of luck!

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