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Improving yourself as an adult

Adult Education Opportunities, Pros and Cons

by Oxford Learning College

If you come to the point in your life where you want a little more, or want to expand your horizons and improve your career options for your future, where do you start to look?

Self-improvement as an adult can be difficult. We’re set in our ways, our paths are already laid out in front of us and it can be quite difficult to change direction. But just because something’s difficult doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for it. A path that consists of multiple steps upwards, is still a path to walk. It may take time, but you’ll get there in the end.

How do you decide what your new path will be? First, examine what you’re unhappy with about your current life and then make a conscious decision to believe that you can change. Without that self-belief you will never change, and without that self-belief you may be pulled back if others don’t believe as strongly as you do.

A friend of mine was a farmer for a great many years before, in his late 40’s, he decided he was going to train to be a drugs and alcohol counsellor. He had to start at the beginning, lacking any A levels to start with, so he drafted himself the steps he needed to follow over the years he would be studying. Despite a fair amount of incredulity from family members, he stuck to it and achieved his aim and the job of his dreams.

Having an aim in mind gives you a direction or destination to head for. After all, a journey without a destination could take forever and could never be completed. So whether you want to simply occupy your time with something meaningful by studying for a hobby; or whether you’re aiming for a new career at the end of this journey, make sure you have a destination in mind before you set off.

Ask yourself – what are you good at? What do you like doing? Remember, honesty is important here: the question isn’t ‘what do you wish you were good at’, nor is it ‘what do you want people to praise you for?’. Being honest with yourself about your strengths – and your weaknesses – at the beginning of this journey.

So: know your eventual aim, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Once you’ve done that, you can draw yourself a map of the steps of your journey along the way. Don’t be disheartened about a journey with a great many steps, remember what we said at the beginning about the good things in life never being easy.


I have a friend who is head of subject at one of the best Secondary schools in the Midlands. She didn’t start out on that journey in life, she trained as a stage actress and took a job with a local theatre as a stage manager / youth theatre coach, a position she held for over 10 years before deciding to re-train and make the switch. Her total journey time from that decision to her current post has been nearly 15 years – but she would be the first person to tell you that every single year, every single step, every single milestone has been an achievement she wouldn’t swap for the world.

So, map your journey. And do not be disheartened by timescales. Whatever level of education you left school with, there are multiple options Online for you to improve yourself from the comfort of your own home, at a pace and time of day to suit you and your lifestyle. So your family and kids needn’t miss out by your new study regime, as they may not necessarily even notice if you choose to study while they’re out / asleep.

step by stepThere are so many learning options to choose from, starting from GCSE’s and A levels and moving right up through degree levels. Once you know your chosen eventual destination, you can backtrack to your chosen starting point and pinpoint your milestones along the way. Gaining each level of qualification along the way makes it easy to design yourself a reward system for achieving aims, and breaks up the overall length of the journey into more manageable steps. Visualising each individual step, rather than the length of the overall journey, can be a hugely helpful technique to employ to keep you on the right road.

Self-improvement is not necessarily easy, but it also doesn’t have to be hard. Oxford Learning College has Online courses available to suit all needs and levels of learning, at some great prices too. You can pay upfront or spread the cost as you study, and you can have as much or as little help from the sources available to you as you choose. Your future is not set in stone, and you can very easily take the opportunity to re-write it so that you can become the person you always wanted to be.

Happiness with your life and your career can seem a long way away if you’re feeling stuck or disenchanted at present. Hopefully some of the above has struck a chord with you and will assist you to begin to move onward with your journey.

Contact us at Oxford Learning College if you want to discuss any of our courses or career paths in more depth, we’re always happy to help and to give our advice and expertise freely to assist you in making your choice.


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