A new career path in the health and fitness industry
Have you been thinking about a new career path in the health and fitness industry? Perhaps you are already working in the industry and you are looking for a change of pace, or you are thinking about starting up in the industry for the first time? Either way, we’ve got your back with this post. There’s a lot to think about when you are changing career paths, but we are sharing our best tips to help you achieve the shift you’ve been looking for.
So, how do I decide what I want to do with my career?
This is such a loaded question, and to be honest, it is not one we can answer for you here in this blog post. Knowing what you want to do with your career is such a personal choice and there is no magical formula to get the answer.
The good news is that you’ve already decided that you’re interested in roles within the health and fitness industry – this is a great first step and in reality, that is most of the heavy lifting done. Here are a few tips that will help you to do some soul searching and figure out where your passions really lie.
- Jump over to our job boards and look at the types of health and fitness roles that are available in your area. Read the descriptions of the roles and companies. Are there any advertisements that particularly resonate with you?
- Check out our blog and read more about specific role types in the health and fitness industry and get a better idea of what you can expect in terms of the people you’d be working with, the challenges you would face and the working hours that would be required of you.
- Talk to people in the industry. If you think personal training might be for you, chat with a personal trainer about what a day in their life looks like. If you don’t already know someone in a role that you’re considering, tap into local networks or even reach out to people on LinkedIn and see if they would mind answering a few questions.
- Get realistic. We talk about this a lot here at The Fitness Associates, but you can’t just walk into most health and fitness roles and start without any background. For most roles, you’ll need to complete some form of qualification, so you need to be realistic about the timeframes and costs involved. We don’t tell you this to scare you off – we just want to see you succeed in your career change and planning is an important step!
I know what I want to do, what do I do next?
You’ve made a decision! Great work! Now is time for you to focus on the “doing” part of getting ready to make your career change. We’ve already mentioned that you might have to complete some qualifications, but is there anything else that you need to do to get yourself ready for your dream job?
We find that this stage of the process can be either completely empowering or utterly disheartening. After all, completing qualifications, doing volunteer work to build your experience and applying for industry accreditations or certifications can take time. For those of you who are self-driven, this process won’t be too bad, but if you’re largely driven by external forces and instant gratification, you may find the “waiting game” to be a little tough. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track if that’s the case:
- Remember what your goal is (to start a new career in health and fitness) and really dig down into your “why”. Why are you making this change? What will it mean for you, your family and your career? Hold on to that feeling.
- Use visual cues or guides to help you stay motivated. This could be a calendar where you mark off each day until you have completed your qualification, or a chart where you track the volunteer hours you have accrued. Keep it front of mind so you can see the progress you are making.
- Enlist your friends and family to remind you what you are working for. Having your loved ones on board with your goal to help you stay accountable (and cheerful!) is a powerful tactic.
I’m ready! So, how do I get my foot in the door?
Once you have completed your qualifications or other requirements for your career shift, you’ll feel like there has been a huge weight lifted off your shoulders, but you still need to find and secure your perfect role. Use these tips when preparing your job applications, networking and interviewing for roles, to make sure you are showing potential employers exactly what you’re made of:
- Focus on your transferable skills. These are the things that you did in your previous job, that are still relevant in your new career path. It could be things like customer service, client management or administrative skills.
- Sell your why as a huge positive. Remember when we asked you to think about why you wanted this career change? Now it is time to sing it from the rooftops. You were passionate, motivated and determined enough to make a decision, then follow through and prepare yourself for this new opportunity. Use your story to convince employers that you have the right attitude for the role.
- Be prepared to put yourself out there and network like you mean it. Changing careers is not an easy thing, as there are usually candidates out there that have more experience (or more relevant experience) than you. This means you have to put in some extra work, make new connections, follow up with new contacts and let people in the industry know that you’re interested in a change.
Got an interesting story about a career change in the health and fitness industry? We would love to hear it! Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and perhaps you could have your story featured on our blog.