There seems to be a rise at the moment in the number of training and educational courses available for people to take these days online, in classrooms and through distance learning. Running courses has become a big industry and big business, with many new companies starting to run them.
I am a huge fan of people who want to learn more and want to do something to better themselves, either just for themselves or to help them in to a better or different career. I think learning shouldn’t stop when you finish school, college or university. Many of us learn things by ourselves without being on a course, which is great also but sometimes I think it is good to have a syllabus to follow and a qualification at the end of it, to recognise the learning that you have done.
A few years back I took my Certificate in Fundraising through the Institute of Fundraising here in the UK. I already knew a lot about fundraising but it was fun to put that knowledge to the test, to learn more and have my knowledge of the subject recognised with their certificate.
The problem with the proliferation of courses available, is finding the courses and providers that are quality and that are worthwhile doing. There are many companies out there who want to take your money and get you on a course, so you need to be careful what you invest in. Before picking a course you should take time to think about what you want to study and what you want to get out of your study.
When choosing what course to do, you want to know what you will actually be covering on the course and what people who have done the course before you have gone on to do and what they have got out of it. If your reason for study is to get on another course or to get a job, you need to be sure that your course is recognised by the institution or company you want to move on to next.
For many people the cost of studying can put them off. If you fall in to this category I have some advice. First thing is to look and see if there is any funding available to pay your course fees? If there isn’t can you put together a savings plan to help you cover the cost? Lastly is to look at what you earning potential might be if you had the qualification to work out if a loan was a sensible thing to take out to cover the cost.
If paying for a course is out of the question, why not have a look at free courses that are available. There are many to choose from online and there may be some happening in your area. Learning is fun so don’t let money be a barrier to it.
I always want to learn more about the world around me and the things within it, so I am a big believer in studying just for enjoyment. I think studying and being successful on courses can make you feel better about yourself, which is something that everyone can do with in their life. So even if you can’t think of a reason to do a course, sometimes the only reason you need is because you want to. Never forget that there is always more to learn.