From the moment we graduate and close the door on the education phase of our life, its easy to see learning as something that is done and dusted. As life takes over and work becomes a function rather than a learning experience, the thought of expanding our knowledge in other areas might seem exhausting or even pointless. But taking time out to learn a new skill or art can be hugely rewarding. From unlocking our inner creativity, to setting us off on an entirely new career path, stepping out of our comfort zone and taking on a new challenge can pay off in ways we don’t always expect.
Adult learning doesn’t need to mean quitting the day job and becoming a ‘mature student’, there are simply loads of modern and flexible learning options that mean you can pick up a new skill in a way that works around your current life and commitments. Here are just a few options that we love and might be adding to our 2017 to do list.
Founded by Philosopher Alain de Botton, The School of Life sets out to answer emotional and ideological questions through cultural and personal study. Grounded in philosophy and sociology, the School of Life examines everything from relationships to religion, with a prospectus of workshops aimed at addressing all areas of modern life. Deep huh? They also offer a number of slightly lighter options that will help in all areas of your working and personal life. We particularly like the sound of ‘How to be More Creative’ or ‘How to Communicate Better at Work’, because those kind of lessons are ones we should all consider.
There is nothing more therapeutic than learning a new hands-on skill or craft. Focusing on something creative and immediate is a great way to switch on a new part of your brain and let go of other stresses and strains. We are in love with the sound of creative workshops laid on by House Curious. Founded by Australian born Sommer Pyne, House Curious aims to offer interesting and innovative workshops and learning experiences to ‘inquisitive souls’. Set with in a gorgeous, newly renovated Victorian home in Wandsworth, we can’t think of a better setting to expand your mind. The candle making and calligraphy workshop of top of our learning list.
Never be stuck for an interesting fact ever again. The How To Academy is an inspiring mix of short businesses courses, motivational life lessons and short hand political thesis. If you want to feel informed about an issue or a topic, then this place is for you. From Brexit to Behavioural Economics, an evening long workshop will leave you informed and ready for even the most testing dinner party chat.
Imagine university tutorials, but with really fun and interesting lessons that you could impress your friends and wow your children with. That is what you will find at the Indytute. Hosted at venues across London, this eclectic range of life lessons covers everything from making neon art, to an expose on life as a celebrity make-up artist. Do you really need to know these things? Probably not, but if you want to expand your party trick repertoire then this isn’t a bad place to start.
If you are looking for a skill that will further your work and career, then then digital and technical courses offered by General Assembly is a credible option. The US based academy runs courses online and across their 15 international campuses. Set up with the aim to educate professionals in skills that are genuinely in demand, including digital marketing, coding, product management and career development. Whether you are looking to smarten up your CV or build your own business, General Assembly courses offer everything you need in your professional toolkit.