Where can we gain skills outside the classroom?
One amazing way to gain essential skills for the future is outside of the classroom. Whilst the classroom environment can be useful for learning the traditional skills needed for everyday life, the rise in skills that cannot be taught in a school means that we need to know where we can learn other skills (which we discussed in a recent blog post). Today, we will discuss some wonderful places to learn these other skills.
The Internet provides us with the opportunity to explore many different subjects in various mediums. Through videos, online courses or blogs (like ours!) you can discover all sorts of new things, which in turn could spark the desire to learn skills in the future.
Sites such as EdX, CodeAcademy and BBCLearning can teach more “traditional” skills outside of the classroom, such as more specialised subjects and coding. However, a deeper exploration of them, accompanied with a few YouTube videos, could encourage a more developed and specialised understanding of these ideas.
There are often free workshops in communities that allow people of all ages to explore different subjects and skills in a new environment. Bettering Education offers youth between the ages of 16 and 25 with the opportunity to learn soft skills in such a way. This can instill confidence to explore these ideas in more depth in the future, which is imperative to success.
Town halls, local parks and community forums online are often the best places to start exploring for workshops that you might be interested in. You can also build up new friendships and relationships in these workshops by getting to know other people! It is a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills whilst developing social skills.
Surprisingly, whilst reading is not a super popular option, you can gain information and skills through them. Whilst this is not learning through observation or experience, it is a wonderful opportunity to do some independent learning. With the countless books available both in paper copies and online, you have the perfect chance to explore new ideas and skills in this traditional method. Local libraries are often filled with books on obscure topics and ideas you might be interested in, therefore they could be a good place to start. If you find something you want to learn even more about, you can explore further in more specialised places. The opportunities are endless!
Where would you learn new skills?
Where do you think is the best place to learn skills outside the classroom? Do you believe in learning through teaching or through experience?