Are you glued to The Chase when you get five minutes between nappy changes and prepping the tea?
Do you volunteer first to be pub quizmaster?
Do you love talk radio stations? Can’t get enough of fascinating podcasts on everything from pop culture to history and politics?
Maybe you’re a science freak who hangs on every word of Brian Cox or Maggie Aderin Pocock?
Sounds like you’ve got a lifelong thirst for knowledge – and good on you. But whether you want to nurture that interest simply for your own satisfaction or to kick start a career change, finding the time can be tricky when you’ve got family commitments.
Life doesn’t have to force you to dumb down – as these three (convenient) ways to quench your thirst for knowledge prove.
- Big ideas, small packages
If you’re a sucker for non-fiction books about big ideas about business, science and all of life’s other big ideas, but you don’t have time to dedicate to reading through hefty tomes, it can be frustrating. Enter Blinkist – an audio and text app that condenses humanity’s brightest concepts into digestible 15 minute chunks.
This is ideal for those who like to dip their toes – if you enjoy knowing a little about a lot, this is a great way to learn, and you can always go back to soak up the expanded version when you have time!
- Knowledge newsletter
Don’t want to waste time trawling the internet for interesting reading material when you’ve got some rare spare time?
Then sign up for the brilliant Brain Pickings weekly newsletter. For over 15 years, Bulgarian-American bright spark Maria Popova has collated and curated fascinating articles from the world’s greatest thinkers on everything from psychology to philosophy and psychogeography. If you’ve got 10-15 minutes to sit down and take in beautifully written articles that articulate the search for life’s meaning, you’ll love this.
- Online degree
If you fancy completing an undergraduate degree (either for your own satisfaction or to help you make a smart career move), studying online can be a much more convenient option than attending a physical campus.
And these days you’ve got a great choice of courses. ARU Distance Learning, for instance, offers accredited, vocational courses on various eclectic courses including digital marketing, psychology, football coaching, audiology, and data science.
Plus, the brainbox benefits of formal online learning don’t stop with a life-changing qualification. You’ll also meet lecturers and classmates from all over the world, making connections that deepen your knowledge of other cultures.
These three ways to quench your knowledge are just the tip of the iceberg – but they’re great examples of the ways modern tech is your friend when you want to nurture your natural inquisitiveness and expand your horizons.
Pick the path that suits you best and be sure to have fun along the way – you can thank us later!