Crafts and hobby courses were once seen as a way for people of the older generations to pass the time. People who may have wanted to improve their social life and wanted to meet a few like minded people once a week. The skill did not matter but the social club that the course morphed into did.
Times have changed and this is no longer the case although the social aspect does of course come hand in hand with it. A lot of people now go to crafts courses to learn a new skill for their own personal development. There are plenty of these courses around that allow for any number of skills to be learned.
Crafts and hobby courses are usually held at local colleges and may be either a day or night course. There are usually several time slots to cater for different lifestyles so that you have a variety to choose from. The course range offered is usually diverse and may include cake decorating, creative writing, knitting, crocheting, the basics of drama, sewing, dressmaking, painting, sculpting, sketching, English literature, flower arranging and a whole host of others.
Some courses are relatively obscure, but the majority teach popular skills that come in handy in everyday life. These skills may not be career oriented, but they are extremely useful and can be integral in ensuring an individual’s personal development!
Crafts and hobby courses are excellent space fillers for individuals that have a hectic schedule because they are often only on once or twice a week. The majority of courses last between one and two hours, usually depending on whether they are scheduled on one or two days of the week, but very few last longer than that. Some may even be over the course of a weekend. The length of the courses varies from college to college. Some may last six weeks, others may last twenty to thirty weeks. The shorter courses do not tend to give a qualification at the end, whereas the long courses may give a National Certificate or similar.
The course itself will obviously have a set curriculum, but each one will often deal with a different area of the art or craft every week. There may be examinations at the end of the course, but that is unlikely because arts and crafts courses usually only have a practical exam, if indeed they have one at all.
In terms of advancing a person’s career, crafts and hobby courses are generally taken for pleasure but they can lead to a passion that sparks a future business idea. There are businesses that were born out of a short course at a local college so the idea that they are just for fun and otherwise useless is often far from accurate. Many individuals use them to enhance their existing careers because a hobby or crafts course can act as a stress reliever and may lead to a person doing better at work as a result.
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