There’s a sneaky way of breaking into a new career once you have decided what career you would like. The latest of a growing market of fitness trends and alternative health and well-being has hit the UK industry and steadily growing to reach an estimated 22.8 billion by 2020. This growth has reflected the number of sport and fitness occupations available.
As the industry grows, the role as leaders, motivators, and educators will always be in demand. A good trainer should have the ability to be creative, inspire and engage clients with confidence. A good trainer should show a holistic approach to their practice from matching client needs. They need to know your competition and challenges, whether it’s studying anatomy and physiology, life skills, planning and insurance, all of which you may need to apply these same principles to a fitness career.
So, you may want to reskill or upskill yourself to new opportunities. If you’ve been sitting on the fence for some time, unsure of whether to purse your dreams and take your first steps in joining the fitness industry then think carefully. Exploring new career paths, whilst currently employed, is a brilliant way to keep your options open. At this point none of us know what the future holds but ensuring you gain new skills will support your planning and help you to access a route to self-employment, its one way to empower yourself. Deciding which training provider to invest your time and money is a huge decision.
Firstly, I would highly suggest people don’t rush into the first speedy online course available, do your research and talk to educational facilitators who have studied and worked in the industry and can provide an objective view whether the qualifications are authentic, accredited, value for money and long term and deliver a high-quality curriculum. Do some preparation and work out your realistic motivations and values. Time and money will be investable for long term goals. When people make a change, they fail to research a career in fitness with unrealistic goals. Be thorough in your investigations and ask questions. Always meet potential facilitators face to face and ask questions. Check the relevance to the industry and scope for employment once you earn your qualification.
Speak to the facilitators, are they genuine enough and show passion for what they do or is it just a running business? Are they flexible in their approach and able to work around your needs and what works for you, your lifestyle and home life? Consider the learning options. If you have got the stamina, then go for a part-time course over a couple of years, or distance learning and weekend/evening classes. That’s a more affordable way of setting yourself up for a new career. (although it is very tough trying to work and study at the same time)
It helps if there is a qualification at the end of the training. That will motivate you to complete the course and employers like to see that you’ve achieved an accredited benchmark standard. If you go for the distance-learning option you will need a computer or easy access to one and an email address. You will also need self-discipline, the support of your family, and the motivation to research and write essays to deadlines. You will need a mentor to help and guide your essays. Consider the cheapest but value for money option but will fit in with your lifestyle but ask about the flexibility on payment options. Ensure you have good facilitators who can support you through this process but also remember not all fitness courses are online. Face to face contact with teachers is needed for the theory aspects of courses.
The more flexible you are about change, the more likely you are to have a successful career. You may not need to make dramatic changes – you could research the options to specialise in an area you are most interested in.
Most of all, I went back to being a student very recently and the most important approach was that of the tutors. They enabled me to have some lifelong learning habits by building knowledge, staying motivated, be a critical reader and writer, building my knowledge systematically and explicitly, independent learning and learning to learn again.
For me was it worth it, I ask myself and yes, learning a new skill to get me that job was ideal as I landed straight into a teaching job. I loved the student environment, the focus on learning and exploring ideas. I’m intrinsically motivated to learn new things. Usually I do this through reading a wide range of subjects. But having the opportunity to do it as a student again was a valuable experience.
Setting personal goals will get you closer to where you want to be. If you don’t try you will never know. Self-evaluation is an ongoing process, happy reading and happy planning.