Most people would recommend you not taking a gap and i once did as well. But if you feel like having a gap, then the main thing you should do is to take a fruitful gap where you will work on yourself particularly soft skills and if lucky to join a job it will additionally help you (get to know) more about the area you need to master.
So the only thing i would say is get a rest, work on yourself (mentally and improve your soft skills, Digital skills) where your brain will be exercising and when then after starting your masters program your brain wont be on fatigue instead you will be giving your best with a fresh start. Good Luck!
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A gap year is great idea to help you recharge and give you some time to earn relevant work experience in your desired field. However, I would recommend making a plan and setting yourself a deadline to returning. Its so easy for a gap year to become a gap two, three... decade.
Stay engaged, meet with your college advisor, and don't be afraid to reassess as needed. You may get into the "real world" and change your mind. That's okay! Just make it an active decision, not reactive because well now I have too much going on. Find a mentor near your desired field to help you keep focus and look for opportunites.
Congratulations on your accomplishments so far and best of luck in the future.
I agree with some of the comments here and recommend taking a break and reassessing. Along the way, you can possible take on a part-time job or do some researching on what you really want to do. I'd say many people go into their masters straight out of undergrad and realize that their first related graduate job is not something they want to work in. Remember life is not a race, but a journey!
For others, once they start making money it is difficult to return to school.
If you take the gap year, make sure you are meeting some goal or purpose, and it will be great.
I took a break between college and my masters in psychology to work as a psych tech. Then another after graduate school to study Spanish in South America before working. I have no regrets.
Good luck, Dr. A
If you feel you would benefit and be a better student by taking a break, I would highly recommend you do so. I would also recommend during your break you stay engaged with what is going on in the industry for which you will be pursuing your Master Degree. Subscribing to news feeds, reading articles or attending seminars pertaining to your area of study / career not only keeps you up to date, it can also help sharpen and maintain your interest and needed reading abilities required when pursuing a Master Degree. My best advice is to make sure you have a plan for your break period and continuing your studies through completion. Best of Luck!
Plan ahead: Decide what you want to accomplish during your gap year and create a plan to make it happen. Whether it's working, traveling, or volunteering, make sure you have a clear goal in mind.
Stay organized: Keep track of deadlines for graduate school applications, and make sure you have all the necessary materials, such as transcripts and test scores, ready to go.
Gain relevant experience: Use your gap year to gain experience in your field of interest, whether it's through an internship, volunteering or working in a related field. This will make you stand out on your graduate school application and give you a head start in your master's program.
Travel with purpose: If your plan is to travel during your gap year, make sure it aligns with your future career goals, like learning a new language, understanding a culture or even experiencing diverse work-life.
Don't forget to Relax: Make sure to take time to relax and recharge during your gap year. It's important to take a break from the demands of school and work to prevent burnout. Use the time to pursue hobbies, interests, and to focus on your well-being.
Stay connected: Keep in touch with your college professors and classmates, as well as professionals in your field. It will help you stay up to date on industry trends, and it will make it easier to pick up where you left off when you return to school.
Plan your finances: Make sure you have enough money to cover your expenses during your gap year and plan accordingly. Also, take into account the cost of Graduate studies that you'll face next, so you can plan accordingly.
By following these tips, you can make the most of your gap year and be well-prepared to start your master's program. Remember that the gap year should be a valuable experience that will help you achieve your goals, not just a break between two academic programs.
Congrats on achieving your college degree! After 5 years of going through college, a break can be necessary, needed and rewarding. After earning my Master of Business Administration, I was burnt out from studying, papers, exams, etc. It was refreshing and motivating with a new outlook when I got hired for my first, full-time employment opportunity, getting paid and receiving my first paycheck!
Working as a full-time employee will allow you to have a different mind set from the academic and education arena. You will have coworkers who will be collaborating with you on your first project. Mentors can be your boss, other teammates and other departments in order for you to assimilate into your new company culture. This will provide you with the opportunity to get work experience, build up your skill set and establish a work history.
As a full-time employee, there will be some companies that offer educational benefits. Meaning, if the degree or advanced degree is job related, the company will pay for the tuition for the full-time employee. This is a great way to go after your graduate degree without taking out additional loans or grants and be in education debt after graduation. Remember, it does not matter how long it takes to to run the race. But, it does matter that you cross the finish line at the end.
Best wishes for your well deserved break and for your future endeavors for graduate school and your career!
1- What do you truly enjoying doing? For instance, you got a Finance/Accounting degree and work in FP&A. While working, you interact with Financial Auditors, Investment Bankers, Custodians, Corporate Accountants, Tax Accountants etc. If you want to get out of what you do, you can ask for a transfer but you can strengthen your request by showing that you are getting a Masters in the field you are interested in.
2- What pays well? This is self explanatory. When you work, you get an even better understanding of hours worked and money made. If you like another field that pays well, you can target it and go for your Masters in that field.
3- What will allow to progress and get promoted (if that is what you are targeting right now)? Again, this is self explanatory. You can assess while working whether obtaining a certification or a Masters/MBA will allow to get recognized and move up quickly. Based on that, you pursue the next steps accordingly.
Getting your company to pay for it is a good idea, but it takes longer.
I have known many people that take the gap year, get used to the money and lifestyle, then life happens and never go back, which is a shame. Maybe you can "Throw your hat over the wall" somehow. Maybe make a financial commitment by enrolling a year in advance.
I'm not a fan of gap years, my advice, push through if you can.