Want to learn a new skill? Head to a night class
Published 13 November 2015
It’s never too late to learn a new skill and our guide will walk you through how you can get started.
You may think that learning is only for the young, but this just isn’t true. No matter your age, it’s never too late to learn a new skill, regardless of what it is you’re interested in. As life can get incredibly busy nowadays, why not slot some learning around your hectic schedule by enrolling in a night class? There are a variety of different ways you can go about this, whatever your motivation for learning.
Whether you’re thinking of a career change or just want to gain the qualifications that you didn’t achieve in the past, there are numerous resources that can help you do this. If you’re nervous about being in a learning environment again, you could start off slowly by reminding yourself of the basics with BBC’s Skillswise for both Maths and English.
Once you’re a little bit more confident, head down to an Adult Learning Centre near you and see what courses are available. Although there might not be as many classes available in the night as in the day, you could still find what you’re looking for. Depending on your local authority, the courses might even be free and can range from a basic level to GCSE qualifications. At the end of the course you should receive a nationally recognised qualification which you’ll be able to put on your CV.
Have you always fancied learning more about literature? Wanted to take up an art class or feel as though you’d be a dab hand at floristry? Your local college or Adult Learning Centre should have courses like this available – all you have to do is be proactive and check what’s on!
Alternatively, you could use the search engine Hotcourses to look for courses – you can manipulate this search engine to match your specifications, for example to only search for evening classes, or classes that come with a certain qualification. Although some of the courses are not the most budget-friendly, you should be able to find something within your price range if you have a look around.
Learn from home
If you don’t think you’ll find the time to head to a night class in the week, you could still learn something new from the comfort of your own home. The following sites are just some of the places that you can learn a new skill for free:
1) A wide range of classes – https://alison.com/
2) Another broad selection – http://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses
3) Coding – https://www.codecademy.com/
5) Maths and English – http://www.learndirect.com/maths-english-it
So there you have it, we hope our guide has given you a better idea of how you can go about learning a new skill. If you’d rather start slowly and take on a new hobby, why not consider writing or jogging?