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Do you want to find out more information about graduate opportunities in the sports and industry? Perhaps you are thinking about signing up for your degree, or you are already studying and want to firm up your next steps. Either way, we are glad you are here. There are lots of different directions you can head in when you graduate from a sports degree and in this post we are exploring them.


The Fitness Associates provides a job platform for fitness roles across the UK and beyond. We also offer up loads of actionable career advice to help you narrow down your career options, feel confident in your choices and secure a role that meets all your needs. We pride ourselves on bringing you a variety of opportunities with supportive, uplifting and sought-after employers, so that you can begin your career in the fitness industry, with a bang.


What should I study to get a role as a sports graduate?


There are lots of different degrees available in the healthcare, sports and fitness industries and each one will offer a variety of career options for graduates.


The most common degree in sports is the Bachelor of Sports Science and if you are studying this degree you will have the most flexibility once you graduate. That’s not to say that other degrees won’t offer you a fruitful career path, but since Sports Science is the most popular study path, that’s where we are going to focus.


What career paths will be available to me as a sports graduate?


As we mentioned, the Bachelor of Sports Science will offer you heaps of different options and will provide you with a strong foundation on which, to grow and develop your career. The beauty of this degree is that it also sets you up should you decide to pivot or change direction once you have entered the workforce. Here is a list of some of the roles you might be eligible for, once you graduate:


  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education teacher
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Sports coach
  • Group fitness instructor
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports therapist


Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and that additional qualifications may also be required if you want to follow one of these career paths. For example, if you want to become a physical education teacher, you will need teaching qualifications in addition to your sports degree.


How can I get a role as a graduate, once I complete my degree?


Graduate opportunities are competitive. Think about it. There are hundreds of enthusiastic students, just like you, who are all graduating at the same time and looking for their first big break in the industry. So how can you stand out? We have plenty of articles about this on our site – feel free to poke around and take it all in. In the meantime, here are our favourite tips:


  • Spend some time tailoring your CV and cover letter to suit the job and employer you are applying with. When you are flicking generic applications willy nilly it is obvious to recruiters and it won’t score you any brownie points.
  • If you got good grades in your degree (a credit average or above), include this in your application – although some employers may not care what your scores were, it you did well, it doesn’t hurt to point it out. Formal graduate programs may have minimum requirements, so if you are still studying, please keep this in mind when you are choosing between attending a lecture or going for hot chocolate.
  • Tell your story in a well-crafted professional profile. Sell your skills, knowledge and passion, and clearly state why you are the most suitable candidate for the role. Match your skills, knowledge and experience to the requirements of the role and don’t be afraid to connect the dots for your future employer.


What can I expect, working as a sports graduate?


We get it. This is likely to be your first foray into the industry and you might be wondering what to expect. Although every graduate role in every organisation is vastly different, we have put together a few generalised experiences that you might come across in a sports graduate position.


  • Starting at the bottom – we have seen it happen time and time again. People graduate from their degrees, secure their first roles and expect to be running the company. Hold your horses, friend. Be prepared to do entry-level work and start at the bottom rung of the ladder.
  • Structured development – if you are entering a formal graduate program, your training and development will likely be quite structured, with a clear pathway for you to follow. This is great for some people, as they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. For others, they may find the structure of the program stifling, but it is a means to an end, so we suggest you enjoy it.
  • Strong work ethic – as we have mentioned, graduate opportunities are incredibly competitive. For this reason, graduates are expected to demonstrate a strong work ethic and a willingness to contribute. This may mean working long hours, challenging yourself and proving your worth on a regular basis.


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