“I haven’t read a book since college.” Seven words that are enough to make you squirm when you’re passionate about self-growth, but ones that you’ve probably heard someone say before.
Even for the most driven among us, that sentence points to one undeniable fact: it’s hard to maintain momentum when it comes to learning once you’ve graduated.Forty-plus hour work weeks, friends and partners, side interests and hobbies — they all mean that when we start to feel that familiar ache of “I wish I had something more going on,” making time to learn a new skill or find a new passion can feel daunting, to say the least. That’s why today we’re breaking down five different ways you can continue your education, from in-person university classes to free online videos.
The Classic MethodFor some of us, particularly those well-suited to academia, the easiest way to pursue education after college is probably through in-person classes. This category includes continuing education programs at nearby universities, courses from education companies, or even just enrolling in a community college or trade school for a class or two. When it comes to the classic method, there are two types: traditional coursework (marketing, accounting, biology, etc) and creative work (creative writing, ceramics, basket weaving, etc). Typically, you’ll take the former if you’re interested in amping up your resume and the latter if you’re interested in establishing a better work-life balance or pursuing an after-hours passion. Some of our favorites:
- General Assembly
- Open Campus at the New School
- Lillstreet Art Center
- University of Texas Extension Program
- UCLA Extension Program