5 ways to upgrade your life in Melbourne

It's never too late to learn something new: follow your passion with a short course at the Centre for Adult Education
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The folks over at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) know that you never stop learning. For more than 70 years they’ve been teaching Melbourne everything from dancing to Danish, fashion to financial management. From their central location on Flinders Lane the CAE offers more than 300 short courses that fit around your schedule with weekday, weekend, day and evening classes available. If you are looking to refresh an old skill, upskill for work, or finally follow your passion, then the CAE has a course to give your life a little more oomph.

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Learn a new language

Australia sure packs a lot of languages into the continent, and you can learn those languages at the CAE. With classes for beginners through to expert level, you can brush up on your high school Japanese or get the basics of French before your trip to Paris. There are 25 languages on offer, and each class sticks to a set curriculum to ensure consistent, high-quality lessons.

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Discover a new creative pursuit

Take your hobby to the next level. If you want to take your passion further, then the CAE has the short courses to make that happen. They offer classes in sewing, interior decorating, printmaking, ceramics, painting, jewellery making and more. Each course includes the specialised equipment needed to excel in each discipline and are taught by experienced artists and industry professionals.

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Boost your business savvy

Got a side hustle but not really sure how to make the most of it? The CAE’s business and technology short courses teach some of the most useful skills around. Learn social media for business, financial management, basic to advanced Microsoft Excel skills and how to manage projects. Basically, learn how to be the fiscally responsible adult your parents have always wanted to you be.

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Delve deeper into your city

It’s possible to exercise and get educated at the same time – just ask the CAE. Their series of educational walks and talks cover the architecture, art, history and culinary facts about Melbourne CBD and surrounding suburbs. Try one out during a weekend away in Melbourne or sign up for a whole series – the year-round tours are sure to teach you something new about the city. 

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Grow your green thumb

Not everyone is born with a green thumb, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cultivate one. CAE’s home and garden short courses will give you a Peter Cundall-worthy garden in no time. Learn the ins and outs of growing herbs and veggies, how to make your own terrarium or even how to build a pizza oven. For the florally minded there are also floristry courses available.

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