Many of us left education behind with school. This can be a huge shame. We don’t often appreciate learning when we are younger. We see it as something that we have to do, we long to leave school and don’t realise that we are working towards our future. We’ve got no idea what we want to do with our lives, so we go along with what our friends are doing without making the right decisions for our own futures. We waste or ignore the opportunities that education brings, never appreciating how good we’ve got it.
Fortunately, the world’s a little different nowadays and it’s never too late to learn. Online and adult courses are available and affordable for everyone. So, whether you want to go back to school to facilitate a career change, meet new people or improve your health and wellbeing, there are plenty of options. Here’s a look at six courses that could change your life.
Personal training courses are readily available and can change your life in a few different ways. Taking a course like this can help you to learn a new skill, improve your health and fitness and give you future career options. Personal trainers work employed in gyms and leisure centres, but also as freelancer. Read this Guide to level 3 PT for help and advice. Even if you’ve got no desire to ever work as a trainer, it’ll teach you motivational techniques that you could adapt to other areas of life, while giving your fitness a huge boost.
A writing course can have a significant effect on your life. Unless you wanted to be a writer in some form when you were at school, it’s not something you are likely to have pursued beyond compulsory education. But, being able to write well is always worth it. You could use your new skills to earn extra money as a freelance writer or to start a blog. Or, you could simply find that your letters and emails are well written and that recipients pay more attention to what you’ve got to say. A course in writing can even help your spoken English.
Being able to write well is a great skill, that can help in all areas of your life.
Now most of us have a smartphone, we’ve also got a pretty decent camera with us most of the time. You don’t need to buy an expensive DSLR (although if you love photography, it’s still a worthwhile investment) to take good photographs. A course in photography will help you learn camera basics but also editing and composition which as useful even if you stick to life as an iPhone photographer. Whether you use these skills to pursue a career in photography or simply to record images of your family, you’ll be glad that you’ve got them.
Web Design or Programming
The internet is such a huge part of our lives and today’s children and students are learning about how it works and how to use it for their own gains. Its use is only going to grow, so it’s never a bad idea to learn more about it. A course in web design, programming or HTML could help you get more from the online world, and even start your own online business. Courses range from free online short courses to learn the basics or to start developing your knowledge to in-depth degrees. Which you choose will depend on what you want to learn.
Another thing that’s a massive part of our lives is social media. Most of us have at least one profile on a main platform. Some people have accounts on multiple. For casual users, it might be hard to believe, but you can make a very successful career from social media. For a little extra cash, you could work as a VA for a blogger or small business. Looking after their emails and social media accounts. For something more, you could work as the social media manager for a large firm. Most businesses have one today as social media reach and marketing has become such a huge part of business. A course in social media could lead to a challenging and exciting career, or just help you get more from your accounts.
A New Language
Learning new languages is great. It always looks good on your CV, is very useful on holidays and can even help to keep your mind young. Take a formal course or learn with apps and podcasts on your phone.