Task：School leavers go travelling or work before they go directly to university. Are there more advantages or disadvantages on their study?
Before the beginning of university, students who wish to continue with their education face two probable choice--either suspend their study for a year to obtain work and travel experience, or go directly into university. I will analyze the pros and cons of these two choices below.
A year’s time to work or travel before university has been popular among young people in recent years. In fact, students can obtain several good points by doing this. To begin with, students can enhance their life skills and maintain a balance between their studies and work from the one yeat experience. They will become more independent during this meaningful process. Also, they can identify career preference and areas of interests during travelling, which will help them to decide their major in university.
However, one year’s work or travel also has its obvious disadvantages. Coming fresh out og high school, students do not have a clear understanding of the harsh realities of the world. They are not in a strong position to undertake early employment. Besides, young people are not able to make a correct career decision. Choosing a career requires sufficient knowledge of one’s own strengths, aptitudes and the trends in job market. Most young adults lack such knowledge. Moreover, travelling and working will divert young people’s attention from their previous objectives. If students give up the opportunity of being educated and pursue other ventures, they will lose their willpower to learn something carefully and patiently. The side effect of disengagement from schooling might not be significant in the first several years, but it will surly disadvantages them a lot in a long run.
To conclude, work or travel before university has its advantages and disadvantages. In fact, the disadvantages outweigh advantages.