Gap Year Data

When taking a gap year, it is important to think about how it can help you become prepared for the career you want to pursue. It is a great way to gain experience in the health care field or in any other setting that will help you reach your career goals. The chart above shows what some of our past graduates intend to do during their gap year.

The data in the graph to the right was taken from our 2015-2016 Outcomes Survey that was completed by students who graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Health Science Degree. Eleven percent of SHP students plan to take a gap year (n=120).

Overview:

  • 40% of SHP graduates who are taking a gap year are planning to work in a health-related field to gather experience
  • 22% of SHP graduates who are taking a gap year are planning to take classes at another university or college
  • 22% of SHP graduates who are taking a gap year are planning to do observation and shadow professionals in their chosen field
  • 9% of SHP graduates who are taking a gap year are planning to work in a non-health related field
  • 4% of SHP graduates who are taking a gap year are planning to retake classes at the University of Missouri to improve their GPA
  • 3% of SHP graduates who are taking a gap year are doing it for other reasons

 

 

Resources:

Guide to Gap Year: https://career.missouri.edu/images/pdfs/handouts/GuidetoGapYear.pdf

Gap Year Programs: https://career.missouri.edu/images/pdfs/jobSearchSeries/GapYearProgramsJobSearchSeries.pdf

Gap Year and Short-Term Positions (from Yale’s Office of Career Strategy)