2018 is on the horizon. The New Year brings you a world of possibilities. You should grab them! The first of January gives us all a chance for a new beginning. Say goodbye to 2017 and look cheerfully to the future. Take the opportunity to change things for yourself. Ensure one of your resolutions includes investing in your ongoing education. It doesn’t matter what sort of course you think about doing; you’ll be glad you’re doing something new.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."― Mahatma Gandhi.
Let Gandhi’s wise words inspire you. The number of people investing in lifelong learning has increased over time - especially in recent years as online learning has made part-time study far more accessible to us all.
Taking time to do a new course opens the mind no matter what type of course it is. Education by its very nature creates a curious, hungry mind. You’ll explore new ideas, subjects, technologies and you’ll be encouraged to be an active contributor to the new society around you. You’ll also benefit from making new friends and establishing new relationships with lecturers or people who could become useful business contacts.
Follow an interest
Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in."― Leonardo da Vinci.
Da Vinci’s words are somewhat ominous here but he does remind us that education is an opportunity to follow a passion. You may decide to do a course that has nothing to do with your day job or indeed any aspect of your daily life.
The New Year and new resolutions mean you can try something exciting and different. Once you are genuinely interested in the topic, you’ll find that you really will make the effort to drink in as much as you can on the topic. Your curious mind will need more feeding once you start to feed it!
If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it." - Jonathan Winters.
If your career has become stagnant then take it up a gear by upskilling. This will very likely help you advance with your current employer or in a new company. Many employers these days are willing to help fund the course fees to reward or incentivise their staff to stay on with the company, particularly in competitive industries like the I.T. sector.
If your 2018 goals involve a change of direction then starting a course will help evolve your skillset and make it easier to switch industries. As I mentioned in another blog post about choosing a part time course for the New Year, I suggest researching if there’s a work placement element to the programme. This will give you real life experience in the area you’re interested in and provide a boost to your CV and LinkedIn profile.
A new direction, a worthwhile challenge
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. " ― Henry Ford.
Going back into higher education can stimulate you and help you find a new direction in life and in your career. As well as helping you achieve continued self-improvement, future employers will see taking on additional study as evidence of you being a motivated and innovative candidate.
Griffith College offers several options for fulfilling your New Year’s resolution of commencing a new course. With flexible learning options - online, evening courses, weekend courses, full-time, part-time - and a huge variety of courses on offer, make sure you take the chance to invest in yourself. It’s a New Year, time for a new and worthwhile challenge!