So how does that apply to someone like me? I didn't go to uni straight after finishing my A Levels. I spent an additional 2 years at college and took a gap year. All because I didn't know what I wanted to do at uni, or if I even wanted to go.(Original post by iloveepq123)
I believe we should be encouraging, people to go straight to uni after they finish there a levels and this is in my view encouraging gap years. Although gap years may be important, I don't think people should be rewarded for having an extended holiday
The idea that it's an extended holiday is flawed. Not everyone takes it as a break. Some, like me, simply don't know what they want to do and no amount of pressuring or encouragement can change that.
Not to mention going to uni later has already provided it's own rewards. I had more time to work and save money for uni, more time to get work experience prior to starting, more time to grow as a person, more time to mature and so on. Starting university at 21 rather than 18 has already given me a much better outlook on the situation and I'm sure my overall performance will improve as a result.
I understand though that not everyone will make the most of time out of education and that there shouldn't be an inherent reward for going to university later.
Realistically I think everyone should have the option to take time out of education without being rewarded or penalised for it. Those that want to make the most of it will and those are the people that will end up with the rewards. The rewards should go to those that work for it, regardless of taking a gap year or not.