Last spring, when I was contemplating my two year anniversary at the data entry job at a large national bank (that I hated), I decided to beef up my resume with some continuing education through the nearby community college. I had skills listed on my resume that in good conscience shouldn’t have even been there, but in my desperation to leave the bank as quickly as possible the skills stayed put. I figured that these classes would level out the reality of the situation. I started off by taking Event Planning, which is a simple class that I already knew most of the basics of, which was a good way to start back into school.

I hadn’t had to use my brain in an academic sense in almost two years at that point, but I dove in enthusiastically. I learned some of the finer points of event planning, and some timelines that I may not have thought of on my own. Upon completion of this course, I printed out my certificate, added it to my resume, and began browsing for more classes. I was addicted to learning in a way that I was never able to be in college, what with having to split my focus between five classes, which 75% of the time, I didn’t even want to take. Now, I could design my learning in a way that made sense to me, and only taking as few or many classes as I could afford to take at once.

The next course in my educational journey was non-profit management, which I chose because a) I happened to see it; and b) I was starting to narrow my job search to non-profits instead of just throwing my resume anywhere it would land. Getting any job wasn’t my plan, getting one that gave me a sense of purpose was.

Around that time a job at a non-profit came open near when I would be finishing the non-profit management course, so I added it to my resume and sent it over to the place in question. The non-profit course was a bit more challenging, in that I had to learn things I never knew about non-profits. We had lessons about what a board of directors does, special tax designations that non-profits can have, and all sorts of information that I soaked up. The class really prepared me for the interview, and I got the job. I fell from taking continuing education classes, thinking that I was set for the time being and didn’t need to brush up on skills anymore, until a familiar twitch came about a week ago. The itch to learn was back, and the only way to scratch it was with more education. This time around, I chose a skills-based class in a subject that will have both fun a practical applications: Photoshop for beginners. That way, I can take my ideas and make them into a reality, on both my computer and my resume.