The benefits of learning a new skill
Children are often the focus when it comes to learning a new skill as it is much easier for them to soak up and retain new information and skills. These can vary between physical activities such as gymnastics or ballet, to other skills such as learning a new language or playing a musical instrument, for example, the piano or violin. However, that does not mean it is too late for you too.
Autumn is a great time for new beginnings. It’s perfect for keeping up that “new term” feeling by learning something you have always wanted to do, but never found time for. Whether it’s a career-enhancing class or a drop-in workshop, somebody, somewhere, teaches it in London.
Take advantage by finding out what is going on near you, because doing classes is a great way to meet new friends you’ll already have things in common with. Every year, my friend Vanessa aims to learn one new thing. It could be a whole year’s course, or just a day workshop gaining a new skill. I found this inspiring, so this year I have completed an online course about podcast creation, plus extra swimming lessons to improve my technique. It had a positive effect on my self-esteem and is a great stress reliever.
Being fully engaged in an activity took my mind off my troubles and relaxed me. Committing to learning something sets goals and gives you the satisfying feeling of things moving forward, so be kind to yourself and learn something new.
Did you know?
3/4 Adults polled who learn a new skill for career improvement.
The proportion of adult learning which results in a new qualification is 67%
8% of adult learners used a loan to pay for their course.
15.1 is the average amount of hours dedicated to learning a new skill.