In some countries, young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.
These days, great changes have taken place in almost every field of education. In some countries, young people are suggested not to enter universities immediately after graduating from high school. They are encouraged to work or travel for a year, after which it may be a better time for them to start university studies. I agree with this notion for some reasons.
Many high school graduates have problems choosing their major to learn in university. That is because they have little knowledge about how the subjects are related to the jobs they may take after graduating from college. Therefore, it will be helpful for them to work or travel for a year’s time, during which they can get a better understanding of various kinds of jobs. Then, students can get to know which field they are interested in most, thereby making a rational and suitable choice for their majors.
Moreover, to travel and work for a year after high school is a good way for students to broaden their horizons and enrich their social experience. This experience will make them more mature than before, as they can learn much from people they meet and have to live and think independently. It is a good chance for them to have a clear perspective of what kind of life they would like to lead. This can contribute to their better adjusting to college life and a more effective spending of the college time.
However, there are also some drawbacks of this suggestion. A few people may lose their passion on study after a year’s break from school. They may be attracted by lure in society and eager to enter the community instead of pursuing further study in universities. What is more, they can also be lagged behind by their peers in study. Therefore, they are possibly under larger pressure and have to study harder than their classmates. However, these disadvantages will not overweigh the benefits.