It’s never too late to learn something new. While your kids might be preparing to go back to school – or even flying the nest and heading off to university, you may be thinking about different ways to spend your free time, once the house is quiet and you suddenly have command of your own schedule again!
Now, as an adult, you may have thought your school days were firmly behind you. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Enrolling in evening classes is a great way to combat ‘empty nest syndrome’, learn new skills, meet new people – and to finally start making your free time ‘me’ time!
What’s one thing that you wish you could do better? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, but just never felt you had the time? Or maybe you have an artistic streak that’s just begging to be discovered?
Now is the perfect time to consider going ‘back to school’ – and learning something completely new. Let’s take a look at a few ideas to get you started.
Take a Pottery Class
If you have an artistic streak (and you don’t mind getting a little messy), then why not enroll in a pottery class? Fashioning your own pots, plates, cups and vases from clay sounds like one of the most satisfying things you could do with your free time!
Pottery classes are often available as evening courses at arts colleges and universities – and they usually cater people of all abilities.
If you’ve always wanted to try out a potter’s wheel, or you simply love the idea of creating your own ceramics – give a pottery course a try.
It could be the gateway to a brand new hobby – or even a career! You can find a tonne of information about pottery classes in your area here.
Master a New Language
The vast majority of native English speakers in this country do not speak a second language fluently. Whilst English is understood in many other countries, it’s still well worth knowing a second language, as you never know when it may come in useful (and at the very least you can impress your friends when you’re on holiday)!
If you’ve always wanted to learn a second language, then taking an evening class could be right up your street! If you check out your local colleges or universities, language classes for adults are often available in the evenings, so you can learn around your job if you work 9 to 5. If, however, you feel you could go it alone – then you could invest in some software (such as Rosetta Stone), or there’s lots of apps out there (Duolingo is a great option), and learn a new language in the comfort of your own home.
Learn Women’s Carpentry
Even in 2017 carpentry is predominantly seen as a masculine skill or hobby, but times (thankfully) are changing.
Carpentry and furniture making classes that are specifically for women have been growing in popularity in recent years.
With workshops, evening classes and even NVQ carpentry widely available in a female-only setting.
If you’re looking to make new friends and learn practical skills that could potentially even lead to a new career – then a women’s carpentry course is ideal. Check out your local colleges for details on women’s carpentry courses, or look online for anyone providing workshops and lessons in your area. You could even create your own group on an online social networking facilitator like Meetup – and start learning together!
Take a Cookery Class
If your culinary expertise stretches not much further than boiling an egg, basic culinary classes are ideal. These classes are often taught by an experienced and fully qualified chef, where students are taught a series of techniques to get their basic skills up to scratch.
If, however, you’re a whiz in the kitchen – you could go one step further and enroll in an advanced gourmet cooking class. While it’s easy do a quick Pinterest search for some advanced recipes – learning from home means you’ll miss out on the wonderful social aspect of learning a skill with like-minded people.
So, whether you want to learn the difference between dicing and chopping, or if you want to master the art of throwing the perfect dinner party, a cookery evening class will be right up your street.