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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:

  • What do you hope to get out of the placement?
  • What’s your current experience of working in health and fitness?
  • What skills do you have?
  • What skills do you want to develop? Why?
  • Are you looking for a company with a high profile name to make your CV look better?
  • Are you looking for a challenging placement where you can discover yourself and identify your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What would challenge you?
  • What environment would you enjoy the most?
  • Are you willing to learn from mistakes, and see these as an opportunity to learn?

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:-

  • Go to the Careers Office in your School, College or Academy and talk to an Adviser. Also research books and leaflets on how to find a work placement.
  • Newspapers all have jobs sections. Local newspapers will have a jobs paper on a certain night, as will national newspapers. Newspapers are also good for getting contact information about companies. Note these down and see if these have websites to find out who manages the recruitment process.
  • There are also dedicated websites designed to help people find a work placement. Log onto www.prospects.ac.uk and follow the links to the National Council for Work Experience page
  • Career Centres for Learning and Employment – such as Inspira or Connexions

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!

 

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