HAVE you ever wanted to learn a second language, or play a musical instrument?
Do you yearn to advance in your current job, or even study an entirely different trade? It’s never too late to learn something new. From traditional university classes to trade courses to dance lessons, now more than ever, adults are taking to the classroom. In fact, almost one in three UK undergraduates is a mature student.
As the average retirement age increases, older workers, even those with a degree, need to update their skills, and a great way to do that is by taking a technology course at a local college or university. Employees who continually learn and develop can compete more effectively in the market place.
For those who did not complete higher education, night classes are an option. According to the Office of National Statistics, graduates earn an average of £12,000 a year more than non-graduates, while non-graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed. And with the Government’s move to lift the age limit on student loans from 54 to 60, the potential cost of a degree need not be so discouraging.
Short courses are an option for those who don’t want or need a degree. From computer science to creative writing, a short course can build skills, as well as ease one back into an academic environment. Almost anyone can benefit from continuing education. By taking a trade course, students can create a second career for themselves. A business owner can improve her management skills. A keen home cook can turn that hobby into a profession. A history buff can fulfil his dream of being an archaeologist. From photography to mountain climbing-the possibilities for the future are almost endless.
Academia isn’t the only way to expand one’s learning horizons. Dance, drama or fitness classes don’t just offer great health benefits- by meeting compatible people, students can perk up their social lives while improving their bodies and minds. Taking the first step toward learning something new can be intimidating. But it doesn’t take long to be high on the learning curve.