Continuing to learn in our everyday lives is incredibly important.
Whether it’s to get on with our Español, or to master our IT skills; whether we follow a curiosity or a real passion, there is plenty of choice if we want to keep on learning.
There is no reason why we should sit on our degrees and forget about the value of education, only because we started our careers. Not only does it offer a great escapism from routine, learning mostly awakens a forgotten feeling of being able to start a new challenge. The excitement of results, the pressure of creating a final work that is up to a required standard, a certificate to our dedication. Once we're back in the role of student life, we soon find out that learning actually completes and enriches the way we see everyday life.
If you're looking to continue your education, there are plenty of options!
Many universities offer the opportunity to follow evening courses or intensive weekend courses. Birbeck University is very popular for short courses and adult post-grad programs. Based in Stratford and Central London, it boasts a great variety of subjects from Language Courses to Novel Writing to Business Management.
For those with a creative flair, Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion both offer subjects as practical as Beauty Therapy or Drawing for Fashion, as well as more theoretical courses in business, marketing and communication. They also offer cultural exchange programmes with the best fashion schools in Milan, Barcelona and Paris.
The Open University provides the ultimate flexible learning programmes, with choice on how to manage time and money. Online learning and podcasts are some of the methods used for their courses, using digital resources at their utmost.
Understandably, the fast-paced routine of certain jobs doesn’t give us the chance or the willpower to check university courses. Learning can be one of those things we put off amongst a long list of other financial priorities. But learning doesn’t have to come from academia: often simple activities naturally boost our curiosity.
For example, by taking up healthy eating habits we can learn a great deal about nutrition or cooking; doing a yoga class can reveal a new-found interest in chakras and the spiritual side of the practice; or simply by reading a good newspaper we can find ourselves interested in travelling or in politics.
At East Dulwich Yoga and Health I found a course that taught which yoga practices are aimed at which chakras, revealed the connection between Eastern models and Western theories, and helped me find ways to work on aspects of my wellbeing that needed attention. I’m sure that in every local area, similar opportunities can be found.
Another great example is the School of Life, which we reviewed before on BitchBuzz. Their evening classes and talks tackle every day issues, given a sociological perspective by experts and writers.
A simple evening class can sometimes be life changing: so many people change career completely by following an expertise that before was only taken as seriously as a hobby.
Listening to the pupil within us awakens our inner child, which makes life generally more fun and expands our minds to infinite possibilities: a chance worth taking for everyone at any stage of their life.
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