Looking for Career Direction – How about work experience in the health & fitness industry?
The first step is to look at what you personally want to gain from the work-based experience; you can ask some fundamental questions about the purpose of the placement or work experience. At The Fitness Associates, we’ve put together some questions to guide you in determining what you can personally achieve from the whole work-based experience:
Your personal development can be based on something as simple as your own individual interests. For example, you may want to coach youth football teams, but would want to specialise in the performance analysis aspect. Alternatively, you want to work as a dietician, but a more rounded career in nutrition could keep career options open for you.
Here are some ideas as to where to start looking:-
If you are considering more than work experience or a placement, such as a longer-term commitment such as an Apprenticeship, then this type of training programme is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills employers want. This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the Health & Fitness industry.
Also don’t worry about making mistakes as most learners do. Failure is never an end – full stop – it is part of building up your skills, confidence, competence and experience! Once you’ve finished your work experience, it is important to review your learning. Note the individual skills you have learnt during the placement, and also those skills that you have developed and enhanced during the placement/experience. Don’t forget to add these to your CV!
Then set yourself both short term and long term career goals, as this will help give you sense of direction and motivate you to keep working towards your ideal role in the health and fitness industry. Get in contact with our team at The Fitness Associates if you want more advice!