Education in modern society has largely been a regimental process. A person is born, begins their education at an appropriate age, continues to higher schooling, and achieves education until they can secure employment! But in fact, learning is a lifelong process; we learn things constantly, every day of our lives. A variety of surveys have shown that people who undertake formal study later in life not only have the obvious benefit of gaining new knowledge, but also receive related benefits that improve their overall well-being.
With the growing trend of mass redundancies and job losses, an increasing number of people are considering retraining after having worked already for a number of years. For those who have always wanted to learn a particular skill or increase their knowledge in a particular field, this can be the perfect opportunity to fulfil this dream and increase their employability at the same time.
Professional work can no doubt build immense practical experience, but having spent a number of years in a familiar workplace, one can often be unaware of new developments in the field. If it comes to finding new work, this gap in formal or academic knowledge can lead to feeling unconfident or slightly lost. Post-experiential formal study can help improve one’s grounding in one’s field of work, and this can improve work prospects. Most important, it helps boost self-confidence and makes you feel good about yourself!
But the benefits of studying in later life are not limited to those who have to seek new work or change their career. Sometimes refreshing your knowledge through formal study can help you rediscover skills and personal qualities that you had all along. You can carry these skills and knowledge into your professional career, which obviously can have a positive impact on your work. Learning in later life can also have a positive impact on the lives of those who no longer intend to work.
Research shows that learning new things helps increase confidence in everyday life. Whether enjoying activities that have an obvious health benefit, such as swimming or dancing, or undertaking more academic learning, such as a diploma in law, studying in later life improves well-being and helps maintain independence – so much so that a growing number of GPs recommend that some people take up further study, claiming that they may find it useful for the multifarious benefits it can bring in later life.
If you are planning to study formally in later life, it is important to have the right attitude in order to make the most of your undertaking. Studying a serious subject such as law, long after you’ve completed any formal educational experience, can seem like a daunting task. Studying alongside much younger students can make the experience seem even more challenging. But having the right attitude to age and learning can help you glean the most from the experience. Anyone with all their mental faculties intact can successfully complete a law diploma course. It’s never too late. After all, age is just a number, and as someone once said, age can only ever be a limitation for those who are seeking ways to be limited! Talking of limitations, however, those who plan to study in later life must organise their educational activities around existing commitments, and this can prove to be a restriction. Distance learning courses can be the perfect solution for those who have pre-existing professional and personal commitments.
This is exactly where the convenient courses through the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs come into play. With a choice of either single-subject legal courses or the Legal Secretaries Diploma course, you will be able to find something that suits your needs.