Think back to those grueling, but fun college days. We were so stressed about pulling all-nighters just to pass all of our quizzes and tests, but now we talk about how those were the days. When it comes down to it, we really didn’t have many expectations or obligations, other than to study and pass our classes. We were learning new things, making new friends, and experiencing life for the first time, without our parents over our shoulders. They really were the days! As much as I do not miss the sleepless nights, I do miss learning and living so care-free. While now it is harder to live carefree because we have real jobs, kids, and other responsibilities, we can still continue learning after college and we should all be doing it. Productivity Theory says, “You may be thinking, “What’s the point? I already went through college. Why should I pursue learning any further?” Well, for starters, you learn something new every day. You can’t avoid learning – so why not take on some extra homework and find somewhere to learn?
How will post-college learning be beneficial to you? Here are just a few examples:
You can enhance your career. If you take on new challenges, you’ll develop skills that will help you advance in your field.
You’ll update your life skills. Building these street smarts helps you make smart decisions in your personal and professional life.
It will enrich your life. It’s exciting and fulfilling to learn something new.
Most importantly, it will keep your mind sharp.”
Sometimes, our jobs require us to learn by taking continuing education classes and other times, we just want to learn something new. No matter what your circumstance is, keep on learning! Here are five ways to learn after you receive your degree:
Join a club
Her Campus says, “Discussion-based clubs for people interested in books, film, philosophy, foreign languages and more are a great way to stimulate your mind, meet new people and become a little more cultural. You’ll feel like you’re back in a humanities class in no time, minus all the analysis papers (*giant sigh of relief*).”
Listen to podcasts
There are so many educational podcasts that are now available. Search Google and you will find lists such as “21 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter,” or “50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out.” There are also specific podcasts if you want to learn something of interest to you. For example, if you want to learn how to tile a kitchen floor, or how to grow grass under a tree, there is a podcast for you.
Sign up for a class
There are many different ways and places to sign up for classes. You can sign up for a fun class such as a wine class at places like Vino Venue, or you could sign up for more of a structured class at a college in your area. There are even online classes if you want to learn and have a structured class, but do not want to take the time to actually go in and sit through a lectured class. With options such as meditation training, cooking classes, photography courses, and even weight loss courses, there are definitely some interesting options out there. Community College Review says, “Many adults head to community college to hone a craft, discover a new hobby or simply learn something new. Whether your interests lie in writing, gardening or arts and crafts, a class at a community college may be the perfect way to take your interest to the next level. Even if you want to delve into a subject you have never explored before, a community college course may open the door to a whole new field of interest.”
Hands-on learning can go hand and hand with the above topic, sign up for a class. To me, hands-on learning is more geared towards cooking classes, art classes, learning how to change a tire, learning how to build a fence, and more. It does not necessarily have to be through class form - you can learn hands-on outside of school, as well. Most children learn from their parents and then as they grow older, they start learning more from the people they are around and finally, they will also learn from their kids. This is one type of way that everyone learns throughout all of their years, no matter where they are in life.
Career-focused continuing education
Some job descriptions, such as a CPA require continuing education classes. For CPA’s specifically, this is called CPE, or “Continuing Professional Education.” It is required in order to follow the rules and regulations of state boards of accountancy, as well as professional CPA associations. Engineered Tax Services is one place that CPA’s can meet their CPE requirements. They are a nationally certified continuing education provider with NASBA, NAIOP, AIA, and many others. They offer multiple live courses throughout the year and even have an ETS University Web Course that is offered on a monthly basis. This would be perfect for the CPA that is interested in learning more about strategic tax incentives. Engineered Tax Services is a licensed engineer firm that is based Nationally. They provide services such as tax, energy, insurance, and investment-related strategies and over the years, they have become the country leader in these services that increase cash flow to allow for United States job growth and expansion. Engineered Tax Services (or ETS) was founded in 2001 by CEO, Julio P. Gonzalez. His vision was to create a company that provided a valuable service both to its clients and their surrounding community. With over 100 employees dedicated to the industry, Engineered Tax Services is trusted by many top 100 firms, as well as small businesses.