(NC) The first few months in a new year are all about self-reflection and self-improvement. So why not pick up some great skills and learn new things that will help you in your home, at work and in your everyday life?
- Learn a second language. There are plenty of benefits that come with knowing another language — and research proves it. Different studies show that being bilingual can make you a better decision-maker, be more perceptive, think differently and even postpone the onset of dementia. It’s also never too late to start, with classes offered online or in local community centres. Since we’re in Canada, consider learning or brushing up on your French so you can be understood in both official languages whether you’re asking for a beverage or working with a client.
- Stay up-to-date on tech. Even as technology changes quickly and new apps and programs revolutionize our world, a keen interest in keeping on top of what’s trending and a passion for learning will help you make the most of what our digital world has to offer. Not only will you be able to program your Google Home or Alexa, you can add valuable skills like coding and photo editing to your resume. You can even stay connected with government and make life easier using their online services in both official languages, like direct deposit for your benefits cheques and tax returns.
- Make your voice heard. The year 2017 saw some great strides being made in social change, with it becoming popular and even fashionable to champion causes that are important to you, like gender equality, for example. One way you can share your input and help shape how our country is governed is by participating in public consultations. And, because our official languages belong to everyone, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is inviting everyone to share their ideas. Find more information online at officiallanguages.gc.ca.