Continuing education as an adult?

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Are you thinking about continuing education as an adult? As I think towards September, my thoughts turn to back to school. Not just for the children, but also what I could be doing. I think it stems from childhood, where I would excitedly choose a new bag, and as I got older new stationery ready and eager to learn. So each year, as September approaches I think about what I would like to learn – or should be learning! I think perhaps this year more than any other, more people are looking at ways to diversify their skills – or take the leap to change their career. Are you thinking about continuing your education?

Picking a course to suit you

Picking a course to suit you is the first step on the road to success with learning. Firstly, consider – What do you want to learn – is it a language to help you communicate on holiday? Or a course to help further your career? Maybe you always wanted to go to college or University but didn’t quite get there, or perhaps you fancy a complete career change. Once you’ve chosen the subject of your learning, investigate what courses are available for this subject.

If you’re making a career change, you may have several years of study ahead of you. So, make sure you choose a method which is sustainable. For example, if you’re working and studying around family life you might prefer an online course. Online courses can also be a great way to get back into education without the stresses of heading to a venue each week.

Continuing Education

If you haven’t been in education for a long time, the idea of going back to learning might be worrying. Especially if you struggled at school. You might be looking to take a functional skills course in English language, consider what you need to learn as part of the course, and write a list of “problem areas” you might struggle with. Then ask the course provider for advice on how to overcome these potential struggles. For example, it may be worth investigating how tutors can help students with English reading comprehension. By addressing your concerns early on, you’re more likely to succeed.

Funding Continuing Education

A full-time course might seem a great idea, but it’s important to consider how to fund the course, and living expenses too! Course fees can vary between providers, so if you’re studying online it is worth comparing prices before you begin. Also take into account any other expenses you may have – for example books, or travel expenses as part of your course.

Planning your learning

Part-time learning around work may seem like the easy option. It could fit around family, and work. Financially it certainly seems a sensible option. But, it requires discipline. More so perhaps than if you are studying full-time. Why? Because when you finish work, you need to allow for not just the “contact” hours, but also the home study hours. Which can be difficult – especially if you have a family needing your time too. So, plan your learning. Treat it like a vital appointment that you can’t miss. Remember why you want to take the course, and stick with it!