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Learning isn't just for school leavers

Column by Jaz Abeysekera, marketing manager at Grantham College

When we think of education, we automatically think about young people going to primary school, secondary school, college, sixth form or university but we are all involved in lifelong learning.

We are all learning in a range of environments; at home, at work, through leisure activities and some of us, at

educational institutes or through online courses.

It is proven that learning and educating ourselves later in life improves wellbeing, boosts confidence, leads to positive outcomes in health and socially positive attitudes and behaviours. It keeps our minds active and the obvious benefit is expanding our knowledge. It is also proven that adults who are learning positively influences the educational achievements in their children.

As adults, it is often that we are choosing to learn

something new which helps absorb the information we are receiving because we want to learn more about the subject of interest.

As a young person, you are learning new things because it is compulsory to be in education – the subjects that are being learnt may not necessarily be of interest.

There are courses on offer that are designed to get you back in education as an adult which then lead on to higher level courses. The Access to Higher Education course at Grantham College is really popular amongst adults as its sole purpose is to go through things that you may have already learnt but it refreshes your knowledge and prepares you for a higher course such as a degree. Higher education courses at Grantham College go up to level 5 which is the equivalent to the first two years of university. Offering these courses locally opens up a whole range of opportunities for people who thought they would never be able to go to university: studying locally, cheaper fees and lower travel and living costs.

While working at Grantham College, I have seen many adult learners that have returned to education after having children, for a career change or simply to learn something new. It’s a hard step to take sometimes; especially being surrounded by people that can be much younger, but they generally do so well because they want to be there and want to better their lives and/or careers. Generally, the consensus seems to be that they are glad they were brave enough to go back into education and that it has improved their prospects.

Since opening up our new bespoke University Centre, this has given our Higher Education students their own space and classrooms which helps provide more of a ‘University’ experience.

So, whether you’re thinking of going back into education to improve your career prospects, for a career change or simply for some ‘me-time’, be brave and take the step! It will be worth it and I’m sure it will be a decision that you won’t regret.

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