In 2016, statistics showed that over 40% of European adults had participated in education or training within the last 12 months. It’s reasonable to assume that this number has only increased during the intervening years. It’s quite clear from this data that adult education is a thriving sector and one which interests a large percentage of people. If you’ve ever considered going ‘back to school’, perhaps to increase your skill set or complete a higher qualification, then now is a great time to do so.

Adult education
Adult education

The introduction of online learning elements has enabled more accessible distance learning, part-time learning and learning that fits around a busy adult life, so there’s really no excuse! Getting back into education can facilitate a career move, ignite a new passion, inspire a new hobby, introduce you to new people and even make everyday life easier. On top of all of this, it is guaranteed to give you a sense of personal achievement, whatever you decide to study.

So, which subject area appeals to you most?

Maths

Maths is often a love/hate subject. If you’re one of the people who struggled with it when you were younger, chances are that you’re still struggling now. However, maths can be applied to all sorts of real life situations outside of the classroom and even basic maths skills come in handy during everyday life. For example, if you’re trying to work out how much the 10% ASOS code saves you on your shopping basket, or you’re playing a few hands of blackjack on Pokerstars casino, maths can help you understand the situation better. Returning to school to study for a maths qualification doesn’t only make you more desirable for any and all employers, it also gives you a greater sense of confidence around solving simple problems, whether you’re shopping, gaming or doing a spot of DIY.

Literacy

Although most countries now have a very high adult literacy rate, this doesn’t necessarily translate into the enjoyment of literature for all of those individuals. There is a big gap between being literate (able to read and write), and reading or writing for pleasure. By taking a class in creative writing, reading skills, English literature or even a second language course, you can start to enjoy reading and writing, whether you use it at work, during chores or as a leisure activity. Research shows that reading can help improve your memory and overall mental health, whereas being able to write with confidence can spark your creativity and lead to all sorts of opportunities. An increased literacy level will also make your CV stand out whilst job hunting or applying for a promotion.

Sciences

Whilst maths and literacy skills can be applied to most jobs and lifestyles, the application of science is less obvious. Science has a very real and practical use in our lives though; it’s everywhere from the kitchen to the sick bed to the gym. It can help us better understand nutrition, recovery, changes in mood and all sorts of other things about our bodies. It can also help us to become better cooks and bakers, more informed artists and craftspeople, and citizens of the Earth who are knowledgeable about our environment. Whether you’re aiming for a basic overview of chemistry, physics and biology, or you really want to get stuck in to the specifics of a subject, there are plenty of options out there. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try out new things.

Computer Programming

Gone are the days of unintelligible computer babble; we all now carry around a palm-sized supercomputer in our pockets and use the internet for everything from watching television to paying our bills. So, it makes sense to brush up on your programming knowledge and see where this new subject can take you. As well as opening up the job market, great computer programming skills also coincide nicely with hobbies such as blogging, gaming and app building. Whilst current adults may not have received very advanced IT education during their school education, there are plenty of chances to rectify this now by taking a local or online course.

History

Studying
Studying

It always pays to know more about where we’ve come from and the people that came before us, but in a society that is hurtling forward into the future at such a rate it seems especially necessary. It can sometimes feel like time is speeding up to an impossible pace and that the years are whizzing by faster and faster. Studying history can slow it all down a bit and help to make sense of what’s going on around us. If we are better informed about the actions that led us to the current situation, then we are better able to tackle any problems or issues that may arise. We also might find inspiration in the ideas of the past which help us to pursue our own goals and dreams for the future.