So much to learn, so little time!
I know I should be concentrating on my job, and I am doing just that, but every couple of years I have the unstoppable urge to dive back into my studies and learn something more... Whether it be a language, an online course in something relating to my work, or something more substantial. I obtained an MA in Translation in 2012 and this year plan to embark on an MSc course, probably in Sports Marketing.
My issue is not so much finding the time but rather finding the funds. If money were no object I think I'd simply quit working altogether and concentrate on full-time education and research in the language and linguistics field. But, alas, I don't have that luxury and so will have to do my best to juggle various responsibilities and complete study programmes as and when I have the means to do so.
Distance learning has proved invaluable, as it means I can follow UK courses that are a great deal more valuable than their Italian 'equivalents'. Only in Italy can you complete something called a 'Master' in just a few weekends, safe in the knowledge that it will cost you as much as a full-time UK Masters degree and won't be worth the paper it's written on!
I'm also dedicating a little time each day to French and Spanish study. I guess I'm at the C1 level in both and am working my way through textbooks as a way of trying to get the two lingos back into my head after having been a little lazy in recent years.
Before I get into another Masters course, I'm going to complete a short copywriting course in the hope that enhanced skills in that particular area could extend my scope in terms of work. Diversification and all that!
So it's looking to be a pretty busy year one way or the other - let's hope it is proves to be as successful as it is 'full throttle'!