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  • Shopping for All Things Education

    Since people usually change their careers several times in a lifetime and since the competition for jobs has become greater the role education plays in our lives has become much more important.  This makes the ability to research courses and education just as important, nobody wants to waste money on courses that will not help them achieve their goals in the long run.  Education can be as formal as a college or university course or as informal as reading a book or researching a topic on the internet.  There are also a number of online courses that are available, sometimes they are even free, this is a popular and cost effective way to learn.

    Before you start shopping for your education there are a couple of things that you will need to keep in mind.  First of all, you need to determine what you’d like to learn about and what you’d like to get out of your learning experience.  You may be able to attend a community centre to learn or you may even need to take a University course.  Once you determine what you want to learn about, research the best way to learn about that topic.  Remember to keep in mind how you learn the best.  Some like a classroom environment with an instructor and some learn best while reading a book or on the internet and working alone. 

    You will then need to find out how much are you need to or are able to spend, remember to factor in any supplies that you will need, such as camera equipment and picture printing to learn photography or paints and an art easel for watercolor painting.  With many courses, including college or university courses, you will need to also factor in the cost of any text books and parking at the campus or bus fare. 

    The books that you need for your courses at university or college are usually available at the campus bookstore or from the instructor directly.  Depending on the course you can also try to find used text books from previous students, this will save you a lot of money since new text books are often quite expensive and it is a great way to reuse and recycle.  If you want a used text book or equipment for your course, check with the campus bookstore first.  Sometimes they allow for students to sell them back for resale or they may have a place where these can be posted on a bulletin board.  Another option to obtain the items or text books that you need is to shop online.  People will often post their old text books and other items for sale and if you look in the right place, they may even be local so you don’t have to pay for shipping. 

    Education is an investment in your time and often your money, so it is important that you do your research your topic of learning and shop around for what is going to work for you.