So you’re deep in your college studies and have reached a plateau. You’re looking for that extra breadth of useful skills that will not only put you ahead of the game during your studies but will also mean development in both a personal and educational way. Of course, your college years are some of the most fun and rewarding times of your life, so it’s not a bad idea to grasp all the opportunities you can when you can, and don’t let that busy studying schedule put you off! But just what exactly can you do to brush up on your extracurricular expertise? Below are a few useful tips that will broaden your horizons in no time, making your CV more attractive to future employers and your own personal fulfilment levels just as high. Remember, the world’s your oyster!

Online Courses

Bogged down by that busy study schedule? Struggling to break free from that mountain of essays swamping your desk? Never fear – there’s a way to learn more extracurricular skills without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Online courses provide a great degree of freedom and flexibility in your learning and the range of topics you can study is endless. From online counselling courses with Now Learning to free online language lessons with corporations such as the BBC, there’s no limit to what you can learn through the medium of the web, and many online courses will also grant you formal qualifications that will only boost your credentials when you enter the job market.

Attend Weekly Gatherings and Social Events

The world has come a long way from the stereotypical gentlemen’s club were suited men gather to smoke pipes and discuss various types of cognac. The exclusivity of it has gone, and now, thanks to the internet and social media, it’s as easy to pie to find local events and gatherings that are tuned to your interest where you can meet like-minded people and pick up a whole new set of expertise. If you’re a budding writer, why not punch in “writers’ groups in XXX” into any search engine or social platform. The same tactic works for almost any topic or field, and you’re sure to find a weekly gathering that suits your requirements.

Indulge Yourself in the World of Books, Music and Film

Of course there are countless ways in which you can get out into the big wide world and brush up on your skills, though as we mentioned with online courses, what you’re looking for may be right in front of your nose. We are blessed in this world with an extensive history of media and art that documents the very essence of the human soul and how to (or how not to) live; the majority of which is readily available and digestible in the most convenient of ways. Sometimes that philosophical eye-opener may just lie in that beat novel you’re dad got you for Christmas or even in that bizarre Bauhaus film your friend recommended you the other day.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

It may sound slightly broad and clichéd, but there’s really no better way to learn new skills than throwing yourself into the unknown. This could range from overcoming a fear of heights (who said rock climbing was scary?), trying some crazy new food or taking a random bus to an undisclosed location. Perhaps the best way to step outside your comfort zone is to travel to an exotic location where no one speaks your native language.



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