Lockdown provides new opportunities

As we come to the end of week nine of lockdown, many of us are now firmly into the swing of our new routines. Routine is important to get us through tough periods like we are experiencing now, however, it is not the worst thing in the world to tweak your schedule to keep your mind fresh.

When the New Year arrived many of us would have set goals for 2020 which may include getting fit, going on a diet, or taking up a new pastime. Like the other years, those targets most likely fell by the wayside as the busyness of ordinary life overwhelm your enthusiasm.

However, while lockdown will not be fondly remembered in years to come, it is a chance for many of us to try to pick up a new skill. They say you never stop learning as you grow and there are number of courses out there that one can avail of to upgrade the CV and enhance job prospects. Even the plain old satisfaction of acquiring new knowledge can be enough to tempt people to participate in a class while meeting new people and friends.

Here at the Galway Advertiser we decided to provide you with a few ideas of what could be of interest.


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Selling and

communication skills

Having good selling and communication skills will always benefit an individual. Selling helps you get what you want – whether it is a deal, a new job, or simply getting someone to agree with you. Those who can sell ideas, products, and themselves will have a strategic advantage and can earn more money.

Learning a new language

Bonjour. Dos cervezas por favor. Danke schön. Trying out a new tongue can be a fun and fulfilling experience. As the world becomes smaller thanks to the internet, many employees tend to be getting ahead of the chasing pack because they are fluent in two or more languages. If that does not convince you, think about how easy it will be to order food and drink abroad if you have that language dictionary stored in your brain. You never know, your teacher might even organise a little class trip away on the Continent.

If foreign languages are not your thing, remember we have the beautiful, poetic, Gaeilge here and there are many classes from which to choose. Síleann na cailíní go bhfuil mé deas dóighiúil, agus aontaím leo. You know what that means? Get yourself to a Conradh na Gaeilge class and find out.

So there you have it. Get out there, learn something new, have fun, and maybe secure that job satisfying career.


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