Wait, seriously? This is a Thing now? I was actively discouraged from taking a gap year after I graduated (2010) because I didn’t have a good reason, such as EXTREME FINANCIAL HARDSHIP or, like, chronic illness of some sort. It was totally fine, and I’m glad I didn’t take one, but my brother was one of those kids who could have really benefited and he got the same spiel.
That said, I finished up college a semester early and spent six months working on the pro rodeo circuit…turns out employers go nuts for that shit when they see it on a resume.