gapyearWhen the daily grind is getting you down, you could take a vacation…or a whole year off. That’s what many young adults, faced with career stress, work burnout and a tough economy, are doing. In a trend that’s being called the grown-up gap year, 20- and 30-somethings are putting their lives on hold to travel or live abroad. Some choose to take their gap year after being laid off or leaving a job, while others are able to negotiate a sabbatical, allowing them to return to their old gig after the trip. Still others find work overseas or work remotely. And while taking a year-long vacation may seem risky when it comes to future employment prospects, experts say travelers can spin their experiences as part of developing their professional skills (in addition to the tan).

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Brent Lee

QMIX Afternoon Guy, Brent Lee, grew up near Greensburg -- where he started working on the radio at age 14. Growing up as an only child may have been lonely at times, but it led him to be the creative, fun guy we all enjoy on the radio! Brent graduated from North Decatur High School and Ball State University. His first summer during college, Brent actually filled-in as the QMIX Afternoon Guy all summer, when there was a full-time opening on our staff. Little did he know he would return to that job many years later. Brent has worked in radio all over Indiana (and a bit in Illinois too), claiming to never have had a real job. And he’s has been back at QMIX since 2011. We hope he’ll be here for a long time to come! Some of Brent’s favorite things are IndyCar, movies and good food!

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