Though happy in his position with Teach For America, Piliser said it's not everyone.
"There are people in my corps and other people I know who are doing it who are not that happy. If you're just doing it to put it on your resume or you think it'll be really fun, then I think you should really rethink it," he said.
"It really depends on the person."
Hotard said going abroad after college or exploring in different industries to find the right fit can be a good thing, but to those people he offers this advice: "Get some focus," he said. "Have a general idea of what your life focus will be, or else it won't be the best use of your time."
Hotard said finding a focus starts with understanding your "natural proclivities," that is whether you gravitate to sciences, serving others, the arts, or other types of jobs. Once you have a focus, find an internship to explore that area further.
"I work with people who are in their mid-20s and they're lost and they've made that mistake of not focusing on what they like to do."
When advising his students, Cahill said he is hard-pressed to find disadvantages to this route.
"Sometimes you can have a road map that's taking you directly to your goal. Sometimes just pulling off an exit for a little while can expose you to even greater wonders of the world, a greater experience that can instruct the rest of your journey."
ABCNews.com contributor Danielle Waugh is a member of the ABC News on Campus program in Syracuse, N.Y.
ABC News on Campus reporter Clay LePard contributed to this report.