Three Reasons to Consider a Gap Between College and Graduate School

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Aubrey Gladstone serves as CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., a firm that has handled business workouts totaling over $100 million. Holding an engineering degree and an MBA, Aubrey Gladstone is a proponent of taking time off to gain work experience between undergraduate and graduate studies.

While some students choose to proceed directly to graduate school following recipient of their undergraduate degrees, others find value in pausing their formal education to gain work experience and perspective. Consider the following benefits of the latter approach:

Improved job prospects. In many professions, employers place a great deal of emphasis on real-world experience. Taking some time between undergraduate studies and graduate school can allow students to build stronger resumes that will benefit them when they begin their careers.

Clarified career path. After spending a few years working, many people come away with a better sense of what they would like to study in graduate school. This sense of direction is especially helpful in disciplines with many sub-specialties.

Strengthened/conextual learning ability: Real-world experience often helps students absorb classroom material better. For many, it is easier to comprehend complex ideas if they can relate to actual experiences.

Brooke Gladstone Pursues Career in Aerospace Like Father

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Commercial pilot Aubrey Gladstone also serves as the president of Boca Raton, Florida-based Gladstone Consulting, Inc. During his time as a pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has flown a variety of aircraft, such as a Bell Jet Ranger, Citation ISP, King Air, Piper Cheyenne, and more. Aubrey Gladstone’s love of flying is something that he passed on to his daughter, Brooke Gladstone.

Brooke Gladstone works on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the Propulsion Systems Division at Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, a career decision featured in the local Aspinwall, Pennsylvania, newspaper, The Herald.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s degree in engineering and materials science, Ms. Gladstone’s passion for flight started in her youth when Aubrey Gladstone began taking her on business trips as co-pilot. After starting to learn to fly at 16, she received her pilot’s license at 17. According to The Herald, Ms. Gladstone enjoys the quiet nature of flying, and with her current career in aerospace, it appears that a passion for the pastime runs in the family.