Hi Daylenis- taking a gap year appears to be very prevalent and acceptable in today's job market. I am late in my career and I needed to take some time away from work for elder care for my in-laws. I'm happy I did. I'll never regret taking that year off because it helped me strengthen my relationships with my family, primarily. The gap year also gave me an opportunity to reflect on what my future might look like once I re-entered the working world. I am currently on a contracting engagement with the company I left a year ago, thanks to staying in touch with them during my gap year. It might be easier to take the time for reflection now in the early phase of your working life when you don't have a family, a mortgage, etc etc. But it's a personal decision.
Enjoy the journey !
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Hey Daylenis great question!! Short answer is yes, it is totally fine to take a gap year if you are not sure what exactly you want to pursue as a career. I have many friends who after having graduated college, went on a trip to Asia just to have a little break from school and have some personal time. Gap years when utilized correctly, can be extremely rewarding and often lead to discovering a potential career path.
There are many things that can be done during a gap year; volunteer work, a part time job, or travel are all examples of potential activities that can be done during a gap year. I would suggest being active and getting involved in something during your year off as the best way to spend a gap year and not remain at home doing nothing. Being active in whatever way best suits your needs and vision is the most productive way to do a gap year.
I would suggest looking into internships for your gap year as they are an excellent way of exploring your interests and are often short in duration which can be a good thing should you not enjoy that internship. Internships are offered in nearly every job field and there are tons out there just waiting for you to apply to. Looking on your college's job board, career service website, or meeting with a career guidance counselor are all good ways to assist you in the discovery of the right internship for you.
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As you'll see in my other posts, I suggest blending this introspective understanding of yourself - personality, interests, things you like to do, don't like to do - with your professional tool set (your professional skills), into a career path. A gap year would potentially exposure you to more and help you develop this perspective of yourself.