If you are a newly certified health and exercise professional, it may be a challenge to figure out or where to begin your career. First, although it is more important to work hard, so you may gain experiences that truly align with your career ambitions and goals.
Informational interviews are a great starting point to learn from top professionals in the fitness industry. This type of interview gives you the chance to ask for a job, about the career pathway, pros and cons of the field. It is a great opportunity to learn about the field in general, while narrowing down your career options, networking and learning how to enter the field. It should be noted, however, that the purpose of this interview is not to obtain an internship or job.
So, you're probably wondering who you should interview , You would like to emulate. Take a risk and reach out through phone, in-person or messaging interactions (e.g., social media, email). Many of my students have direct and positive feedback through Instagram for informational interview purposes and have received positive responses.
After a professional has come to an end, many people say they are in a hurry, and they do not agree with you virtually), prepare for the interview through the various outlets (eg, web search, LinkedIn, social media). Knowing something about the individual's educational background, certifications or professional appointments enables you to generate a list of potential questions that are relevant during the interview, along with other questions you may want to ask. Next, prepare for the interview by looking over the questions, arriving early for your interview and dressing appropriately. And do not forget to keep things on the lighter side and have some fun. Following the interview, send a thank you letter and remember to stay in contact with the professional you interviewed.
Internships and What to Gain From Them
Internships are another great starting point to learn from top professionals in the fitness industry , but where can you find one? In addition to web searches, try networking through fitness seminars and conferences, ask current professionals or professors you may already know, and performing informational interviews. Then reach out, apply and be willing to work hard. Just make sure your time and effort is worth it- internships, whether paid or unpaid (or considered a volunteer position), should provide value and aid in the development of a strong foundation that allows you to gain hands-on practical experience and scientific knowledge , while learning the how, what and why behind all the tasks you perform.
With that being said, any experience at the beginning is worthwhile. Through various internships, you should be able to gain the skills needed in the fitness industry, determine the pros and cons of various philosophies of your mentors, colleagues and supervisors, and realize that you need to create your own philosophy values. Stay open-minded, try and use new strategies, understand what it means to use an evidence-based approach, always know why you are performing or recommending an exercise, and realize there are multiple strategies. 1
Both formal and informal education are essential in your life journey. Do not be afraid to take risks, make mistakes, and work hard to obtain the job of your dreams. As a health and exercise professional, they make a positive impact on their professional philosophy and on their professional development.