Many Brits are keen to learn and practice skills outside of work, with more than two thirds (65%) spending their leisure time on hobbies.
According to YouGov data, the most popular British hobbies are reading (55%), cooking (38%), gardening (31%), exercising (30%) and playing computer games (28%).
But, while it’s clear the majority of Brits love dedicating their time to their hobbies – what about those people who aren’t sure which hobby or skill to take up?
Adult learning college, City Lit, has created a new interactive quiz to encourage Brits to try something new. Dubbed the Random Course Generator, the handy tool suggests suitable courses based on the ‘Big Five’ OCEAN personality traits:
● Openness: Being excited by new discoveries, experiences and adventures
● Conscientiousness: Enjoying routine, being prepared, exact and organised
● Extraversion: Being outgoing, sociable, confident and bold
● Agreeableness: Being empathetic, caring and understanding of others
● Neuroticism: Often feeling stressed, irritated and anxious
City Lit assessed these traits, which affect how we see and interact with the world, and hand-picked suitable courses.
The learning college hopes that the new tool will encourage people to take up learning experiences that they will really enjoy because it suits their personality type but might otherwise not have pursued.
Whether it’s ‘Developing a Successful Business Plan’ or ‘World Music: Ghanaian Highlife’, City Lit have a wide array of courses – some that many of us would have never considered – that will spark excitement and enrichment through learning new and interesting skills.
Chris Jones, director of Sales and Marketing at City Lit, said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Course Generator, in the hope that people can find something new and interesting to get stuck into, that will genuinely suit them.
“Learning isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing and there’s a huge variety in the types of things we enjoy and the way in which we learn – but most of us find great enrichment in learning something new.
“We know people learn best when they’re really enjoying what they’re discovering, and the Random Course Generator harnesses this theory and makes recommendations based on this – we don’t want people to pick up a new hobby only to get discouraged or get bored.
“We hope our Random Course Generator will encourage people to expand their knowledge and skill set, while finding genuine enjoyment and fulfilment in experiencing something new.”
What’s your most prominent personality trait – and what learning experience suits you best? Find out here: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/blog/prominent-personalities-could-personality-test-reveal-your-true-passion
Recruiters love this COMPLETE set of Accredited Recruitment & HR Training – View Training Brochure