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No time like the present for learning

Column by Jaz Abeysekera, marketing manager at Grantham College

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.

Jaz Abeysekera (6000134)
Jaz Abeysekera (6000134)

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.

Have you been thinking about a change in career or going back into education? If so, there’s nothing like a new year to start the search for the new you.

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.

So, if you’re being put off by your additional years of life experience compared to traditional school leavers at college, don’t let that hold you back as you will not be the only one!

The Access to Higher Education course at Grantham College and University Centre 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.

The majority of students that are enrolled onto this course go on to university and manage to get their first choice. Qualifying students tend to go into teaching, nursing and other medical professions, scientific roles or veterinary nursing but this list is not exhaustive.

With the next intake of this Level 3 qualification being as soon as January 24, there’s no time like the present to start on your new career path!

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