Step #3: Choose the right subject
Some motivations will lead themselves naturally to actions: if you’re moving to Spain, it’s time to learn Spanish. Others can be trickier to work out.
Say you want to earn more money – gaining a new qualification in your field (or in a new field) is a no brainer.
However, if you want to start your own business, then having a qualification is less useful than having a comprehensive knowledge of your chosen industry. Studying for a qualification can be a wonderful way to get that knowledge, but the most important part is the knowledge you gain, not the certification.
If you want to learn for learning’s sake (a very valid ‘why’!) but you’re not sure what to learn, then take some time to explore your options. Take a yoga class, try improv comedy or learn to code. Go to a taster session at your local college or community centre, or sample a few of the thousands of online courses there are out there.
It might take a while for something to click for you, but when it does, you’ll be unstoppable.
Step #4: Decide how you’ll learn
These days, there are more ways to learn than ever before. (Thanks internet.)
If you’d like to learn a language, apps like Duolingo can help. Future make-up artist, DIY pro or guitar hero? YouTube is for you.
If your niche is more specialised, you’d be surprised how many topics are covered by MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Whether it’s comic books, programming, cinematography, dinosaurs, gamification theory or jazz, you’re sure to find something to pique your fancy. Plus, they’re often run by some of the most respected universities on the planet – for example, check out Harvard’s EdX.
If you need a qualification, you don’t need to quit your job and go to uni. Sign up for college part-time, or take one of the many online professional courses available (like ours!). Just make sure it’s accredited so that what you learn will really count when you put it on your CV.
Adult learning is so different from school because no one is making you learn. You have an infinite number of subjects to study and countless ways to go about it. Take our advice, and you will find something that rekindles the flame.
It’s never too late to learn to love learning and discover where it can take you.
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