Learn new skills
Do you want to improve your job prospects, change career or just learn something fun? Read up on new skills you can learn and where to learn them.
What can I do?
Anything and everything, whether you want to learn tapestry or tai chi, first aid or flirting, meditation or martial arts, there's something for everyone out there. You can enjoy yourself, meet new people and find something new and interesting to put on your CV - whatever you decide to learn, you'll pick up transferrable skills that can make you more employable.
Where to look?
- Notice boards around your town/village: Town halls aren't just for the Women's Institute. Badminton, martial arts, amateur dramatics and flower arranging are just a few of the things that may be going on and may be (literally and metaphorically) up your street.
- University/college: Most universities and colleges have clubs and societies you can join as a student. Often membership is only a few quid and there are plenty of different clubs to choose from. So whether you fancy skiing, drama or wine drinking take a look and see what's available.
- Leisure centres: The place to look for sporty stuff be it trampolining, yoga, dance or synchronised swimming. If you fancy getting hot and sweaty with other people this is a good place to start. If you're on benefits, you may get free or subsidised access to sports and fitness facilities so check with your local council.
- Evening classes: Contact your local colleges and council and ask them to send you prospectuses for all the evening and weekend courses available. You could learn a new language, get some more A-levels, make some jewellery or train as a counsellor. Don't assume evening classes are out if you're not in work; the fees may be waived or reduced.
- Volunteering: Not only does this look fantastic on your CV, it's also a rewarding way to learn new skills, meet new people and give something back. Find out more about volunteering with the do-it website. If you're on benefits, talk to the Jobcentre first as volunteering can affect what you're able to claim.
- Distance and online learning: Instead of going to college to learn, why not do it all from the comfort of your sofa? Try the Open University; the Open College of Arts; or the National Extension College for more information on distance learning. Try Learn Direct for online courses.
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