A gap year. . . many people think it is a bad idea. However, I’m proud to say that my gap year was the most educational, valuable and memorable in the 19 years of my life.
Life is long but we can only live it once. I am not regretting the decisions I made and I never felt so proud of myself. I want to pursue my dreams like my classmates but I took a different road and I landed on a place called Baker & McKenzie where I actually began to live out my dreams. The people I worked with were all adults; they were educated and experienced but I was neither so there were countless things that I
havelearnt and felt such an essence of diversity and communication. I believe that they are things that people can never absorb at school. I can say that my gap year broadened my perspectives and helped me to grow up as a person.
When I decided to take a gap year, I went to see my old family friend, who is by chance a CEO of Credit Suisse Japan. That was when I first realized the significance of communication. Then it motivated me to see more people such as the CEO of Wipro Japan, and a lawyer of Baker & Mckenzie. They were graduates of international schools in Tokyo like myself and I was
soamazed how their student life was similar to mine and how they had reached their present positions.
Finally all those connections guided me to
landwhere I can fulfil one of my dreams. I am working in the Business Development/ Marketing department at an International law firm, Baker & Mckenzie in Tokyo. I attend seminars that wereheld by lawyers to learn real business and communication skills from their legal business experiences. I also once had an opportunity to work with an automobile company called Tesla Motors. I assimilated countless things from both firms such as communication skills, time and connection importance.
somany educated people but I think attending togood schools is not the most important but experiencing and meeting new people is the best way to educate yourself so I believe it is important to decide where you want to go, not by their ranks. Both firms encouraged me to strive hard for my dream: Law and Marketing.
I am quite sure that I became more sophisticated and smart in various ways during my gap year. If I had not taken a gap year, I would not have had the chance to experience and learn things from amazing people.
I am proud to say that it is the most memorable accomplishment, contribution and experience in 19 years of my life.
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