Delayed Reaction

Yay! I finished a course on the online education site Coursera!

I recently took up a 7-week course called Introduction to Art: Concepts and Techniques on the website and unlike a previous course that I took, this one I actually finished and got a Statement of Accomplishment for my hard work.

The course was not what I expected.  I thought the work would involve paintings and sculpture but the instructor was more into collages and installation art.  I still learned a lot from the concepts that she introduced but I guess I was missing the elements I learned when I took up Art Appreciation in college.  I was looking for a different side of art I guess.  Still, it was a good class to take to get back on that track.

If there is one thing I learned from this class, it's that I stick to things that I am interested in.  I took a previous course that was more related to my job and I got so bored I dropped out.  When it came to Art, I stuck to it until the very end.  Goes to show my field may pay the bills but it isn't necessarily what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I think that's why I'm hesitant about taking a Masteral Degree.  People are encouraging me to do that for my career but I'm just not interested.  I guess I'm at that age where I want to do what I love for a change and not what people expect me to do.  Life's too short, I don't want to waste my life taking a course that I don't really want in the first place.

One day I hope to find that job that I can stick to, love and can pay the bills at the same time.  For now, I will grin and bear with what I have.  Oh well, can't have it all I guess.


Russ R. said...

I don't want to play devil's advocate, but I'm not a post-grad person if it's specific to the industry where I am. I've encountered and worked with so many people who brag about their post-grad degrees, but really, their decisions are (I'd rather not say). A lot of times I do not know where it came from. Some of them were even booted out of the company.

What's important is for a person to never stop to want to learn, to educate himself. It doesn't have to be a degree after degree. At the end of the day, it's how you put your knowledge to good use.

Nice post, Clare.

Clare Henney said...

Thanks Russ! Yes, I agree, it's about how we should never stop learning and putting what we learn to good use. Very well said. :)