It’s that time of year again; gone are the long, lazy days of Summer and instead there’s a chill in the air, the trees are beginning to get their warm, golden highlights and the evenings are drawing in. There’s a certain exciting ‘back to school’ or ‘fresh start’ feeling that comes over most of us in the Autumn, even if our school days are well behind us, so why not seize it and sign up to one of the many evening classes that are available!
Studying in the evening is a great way to pass the cold, dark nights and an excellent opportunity to learn a new skill, language or maybe even develop a hidden talent, as well as make new friends and socialise with like minded people. Attending evening classes allows for learning in a more relaxed and informal environment than college and the class sizes are smaller; meaning that there is more time for one to one interaction between the teacher and the pupils.
Nowadays, there is something for everyone when it comes to evening classes. You can study anything from psychology to painting and everything in between. Evening classes can be purely for leisure and provide an opportunity to express creativity, or they can help to start or develop a career by improving knowledge and skills for certain work and providing an introduction to or further study in an area.
The qualifications you gain from evening classes can really help to build self confidence and enhance your CV when looking for employment. Evening courses, such as the ones provided by FÁS, can be used to up skill for professional development and can also provide certifications on completion. Colleges around the country also offer evening diploma courses in areas such as law, marketing and criminology to name just a few.
Evening courses can be a great ‘taster’ experience for someone who may be interested in changing direction in their career, while still allowing them to work in their current job. They are perfect for people with busy lives as there is a lower level of commitment involved compared to studying full-time in college, with courses generally running once a week for a set period of time.
So check out what evening classes are on offer near you. Take this opportunity to make your ‘fresh start’ by learning what you have always wanted to learn and being who you have always wanted to be.
Colleges Offering Evening Courses – www.findacourse.ie/courses/evening-courses Adult Education Information – www.findacourse.ie/news/category/articles/adult-learning