Lifelong Learning: Cultivating Curiosity as we Age

Continuing EducationNot long ago, I attended an all-day workshop on PowerPoint. It was designed for people who felt comfortable using the program, but who wanted to take it to the  next level. As I use slides all the time in my new consulting business, I thought it might be a useful skill to hone.

It was.

I’m a big fan of taking classes in adulthood. Since moving to London twelve years ago, I’ve taken classes in everything from public speaking to improvisation to  how to write a business plan. In past lives, I’ve taken classes in freelance writing, beginning Hebrew as well as the  Continuing Ed class to end all Continuing Ed classes: I’m Jewish, You’re Not.)

People go back to school as adults for many different reasons. Often, it’s to pursue a hobby. You try something new (or return to something old.) You meet new people. You collaborate. Above all, you have fun. (I’m currently eyeing a course entitled Actors Singing From West End to Broadway. Bring it on!)

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Image: Continuing Education Adult Education Expo via Wikimedia Commons

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  • Reply D.A. Wolf

    June 3, 2019, 4:24 pm

    This is a very timely read for me. Just this morning I was thinking about my mother who went back to school in her 60s to learn Japanese. Within a few years, she was proficient! She had always loved the culture, she housed Japanese students in her home post empty nest, and she was wise to keep her mind nimble and learning throughout her life. Recently, I’ve been trying to zero in on one or two areas where I wish to refocus my mental energies, all the while still needing to make a living (in a country where retirement is the elusive dream (Sigh)). I do believe it is key to staying engaged as we grow older — using our minds to reignite or discover our passions.

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