After I finished high school, I wanted to take a year off before continuing my education. I wanted to work and start saving up for college but my co-op teacher recommended that I not do that. Her reasoning behind that was that I’ll be making money and I’m not going to want to go back to school. I knew for a fact that I wouldn’t be working long before going back to school but I was young and the adults knew better so I took her advice.

During my last year of high school, I applied for work at Burger King. I was interviewed by Lindsay who was working at the Burger King in Jackson Square. She later on became my manager at the BK that I worked at. I needed to save up at least $2000 for the first semester. I didn’t want to ask my parent for my money to pay for my education so I applied for the Ontario Student Assistant Program (OSAP). They took a while to respond so I wasn’t sure if they were going to help. I needed a backup plan which was to get a part time job.

There was no way in hell that I would work at Burger King for the rest of my life. It’s a part time job that most people work at and they don’t work there long. I was there for three years but I had no intentions on making a career out of it. One of the managers that I worked with was at Burger King for over twenty two years. That’s way too long to be working at a fast food joint. Burger King is a job where you work for a few months and move on. You don’t need to stay there for the rest of your life.

Maybe that manager liked the lifestyle of making just over minimum wage. He wasn’t married, he was didn’t have too many friends and he spent most of his nights at a bar ogling girls. When he told him that he had been working at Burger King for twenty two years, I started to get a little scared. I was afraid that I would turn into him later on down the road. I did not want to go walk down his path.

The longer I stayed at Burger King, the harder it was to leave. The hours fitted right in with my school and the pay was okay. I didn’t have to pay for rent since I was living at home with my parents so everything that I made went straight into my pocket.

But looking back at it now, I kind of wished that I had disregarded my teacher’s advice and take the year off. There were things that I wanted to do like take a little vacation before going back to school. I wanted to go on a little adventure and travel around for a while. I don’t think I would have done that for long since I didn’t have much money to spend but it would have been nice to get out of the country for a while.

I read in the newspaper that it pays to take a year off before going to college or university. It said that those who took a year off had a higher chance of landing a job because they already have job experience. They tend to do a bit better in school too because they got all the partying out of their system. Most of the people I went to school with did a lot of partying during their college years. Who knows, maybe taking a year off wouldn’t change a thing and people would continue to party during school but taking a little break before taking on another school load is well worth it.