Advert for training I happened to see. Author's own photo
I was talking to a friend on the train the other day. She mentioned she had been given a computer and didn’t really know how to use it other than for playing a few card games. Now she is investigating different places that offer computer classes. These days we are fortunate to have a variety of options for learning all sorts of new skills. These skills may be needed for our employment or for our personal interest. Attending a class can be a way to network or make new friends.
Some of the ways and places for learning include-
• Internet tutorials
• Free internet courses
• Community and Neighbourhood Houses
• Church organisations
• Schools. Sometimes classes in computer skills are offered to parents.
• Not-for-profit organisations which include an education focus
• TAFE (face to face or online).
• University (face to face or online)
• University Of The Third Age
• Adult education at schools
• Books, magazines, DVDs, CD ROMs etc from library or purchased
• Specific learning institutions in a particular state eg WEA in SA
• Classes run privately
• One to one tutoring
• Support groups
• Friends or peers
Learning a new skill can be fun. Author's own photo
Education may be in large groups, small groups or individually. Some training may be free or subsidised if you meet certain criteria. There may be a concession rate for people with a health care, concession or senior’s card. Other training or courses can be expensive.
To find out about learning opportunities
• Keep an eye on community notice boards
• Pick up information at the library
• Read the library notice board
• Look at notices in shop windows for small and private classes
• Read the local/city newspaper
• Read school newsletters
• Listen to the radio
• Watch for ads on television if you live in a regional area with a local television station.
• Drop in at your local Community House and enquire. Ask to be added to the mailing list if they have a newsletter emailed to interested persons.
• Do an internet search
• Subscribe to Weekend Notes on the internet. Among all the interesting events and activities there is sometimes information about classes
• Tell friends, family, colleagues and associates of your interest. They may have useful information.
• Phone or drop in at TAFE, a university, community centre or other place you think may offer a class and ask. Even if there is nothing currently there may be a course coming up or they may add your name to a waiting list. If a few people show an interest in a topic the organisation may find a tutor and arrange to run a course.
I saw this advert for training while I was waiting for a bus. Author's own photo
It broadens the mind to learn a new skill or develop a hobby. Training can help you gain employment or a promotion. Investigate different ways of obtaining the skills you want until you find one that suits your time availability, learning style and personality. It can be uplifting to be with others who have a similar interest and can lead to a lasting friendship. If you prefer to learn by yourself there are study methods that allow you to learn at your own pace. Never stop learning.