Are you thinking about improving your career skills, changing industries, or learning something new, just for the fun of it? Well, you’re in good company! Continuing education is not a new phenomenon. Neway Directions was established in 1994 as a way to help people in the Madison area acquire specific work skills or change career paths. While the curriculum may have changed with the advancement of technology, the need for continuing education has not. 

So, why take the plunge? Well, investing in education is pretty much always a good idea. And the idea of getting a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree might seem like your only option if you’re thinking of switching industries, but it’s not. It may actually be more financially- and time-efficient to take a continuing education course in your free time, test out the waters of your new career, and see if you enjoy it before committing to the full switch. 

Online education is incredibly convenient and valuable, but what if you don’t feel confident navigating the technology involved? In-person classes are a great way to learn those skills and open yourself up to uncountable opportunities for other online learning. For example, YouTube and other free online resources offer the opportunity to learn anything you can imagine. Once you build the confidence to access and fully utilize these resources, you’ll be unstoppable. And taking a continuing education course is a small commitment for that unlimited learning potential. 

As an adult, it’s often hard to make new friends. Taking an in-person class is a great way to meet like-minded people with whom you share similar interests. It can (and should) also be fun! Acquiring knowledge of hobbies like wine, knitting, or foreign languages makes for more interesting humans. As we age, it’s important to keep our minds engaged and shake up our routines, and learning a new skill or diving into something that interests us is just the ticket to add that variety into life.

Interested in the continuing education offerings at Neway Directions? Click here to learn more!