It can be quite hard to return to education, especially if you are a parent. I for one would love to, but I keep telling myself I don’t have the time or money for it. The truth is though, if I were that serious about it I’d find the time and money. Just like I’ve managed to for driving lessons. There are even free adult courses that you can do in your local area if you want to learn a new skill or improve your numeracy, literacy, and computer skills.
Indulge your passions
Are you a budding chef? Do you want to learn some more DIY skills to do up your house? Maybe gain more experience in the arts? Education doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t have to go and sit in a lecture hall and take notes for hours on end. Education can be practical and enjoyable, and give you more skills with which to do the things you love.
Expand your interests
Are you bored of doing the same thing over and over? Why not take on something a bit different and learn something new? Woodcraft perhaps, or business. A long course or a short course, it doesn’t matter. Use it as an opportunity to expand your interests and see a different side of life.
Meet new people
Education is a fantastic way to meet new people with similar interests to you. After all, you will be studying the same course…so you will at least have that in common right? I met some truly fantastic people when I was at university, and although we mostly went our separate ways, I know that many of them had such a large and positive impact on my life. So get out there and make some new friends!
More career opportunities
It’s horrible when you get stuck in a dead-end job, when you can’t see any way to actually reach your goals because you simply don’t have the skill set on paper. Do something about it! There are many free courses online that can bulk out your resume and show you have a genuine interest in the field. If you want to take it further, try distance learning or part time learning of a bigger course. Both are excellent ways of increasing your career opportunities…which can often mean a bigger income too!
Get your brain working again
It is so easy to become stuck in the same routine, living it day in and day out. Wake up, go to work, come home, have dinner, watch a bit of TV, go to bed. Or maybe you wake up, spend an entire day trying to keep your kids alive and your sanity in check, have dinner, watch a bit of TV, go to bed. Most people have a similar routine. It becomes easy, and thus less stressful (supposedly). But by going back into education, you get your brain working again. You are learning new things, and your brain needs to work in ways that it possibly hasn’t done in years. It’s invigorating and exhilarating, and you’ll find it gives you a mega boost of motivation and inspiration for your life.
You can study on your own terms these days, either with distance learning courses (by post/online), local evening courses, or part time courses. You can go with friends, or take on a new challenge on your own.
Decide what you want to do – is there a new skill you always wished you’d been able to learn? A new language? Do you want a new career? Whatever your goal is, stick to it. Know you have the ability to see it through. Make that time, and find that money.
Stop putting it off.
You’ll be happier in the long term.