Advice on career change from our experts

With this guide, you have gone through a process of finding, evaluating and validating your new career change. As for last free resource, we have asked our top career advisers to share with you their best advice and invaluable tips on making a career move.

With this guide, you have gone through a process of finding, evaluating and validating your new career move. We have discussed one method, but there is always a new resource or a new way of doing things differently, also when it comes to a career change. We have, therefore, asked our top career advisers to share with you their best advice and invaluable tips on making a career move.

 

Andy Jones 

Andy Jones Career Adviser Future Fit Training

 

 

Question: What are gym owners looking for, and what should I look for bearing that in mind?

If you are looking to find work in a fitness centre, the managers will be looking for a CIMSPA or Reps accredited course. So, you need to make sure you are gaining a qualification that matches this, otherwise, it is going to cost you more in the long run.

 

 

 


 

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Ben Sadowski

Ben Sadowski Career Adviser Future Fit TrainingWhen choosing a speciality, how do you know which one is right for you? 

When looking to choose a correct career path, I think it’s important to look at forwarding pacing and seeing where your passion lays. If you love the gym, training yourself and helping others I believe Personal Training would be the right option.

I believe it’s so important to follow your heart and do something you love and not just for financial reasons as this will come naturally, as you focus on your passion.

What should I avoid when choosing a training course/provider?

If you are looking at a practical job, i.e. Personal trainer/Pilates instructor these must have a good number of practical elements to it, it’s imperative that you deliver the practical skills and knowledge needed to work in these specialist fields. Also, make sure that your qualifications sit with the correct regulatory bodies, again there is no point in doing a qualification which isn’t recognised. Also, you want a provider that is fully supportive from start to completion and beyond.

 

 

 

Julie Cowan

Julie Cowan Career Adviser Future Fit Training

What should I avoid when choosing a training course/provider?

Avoid purely online courses. Face to Face training to back up your e-learning is essential to prepare you. Potential employers and clients will want to see you demonstrate your worth and you'll only get one chance to make that great impression. 
Avoid fast-track courses. Employers and potential clients will value the acquired skills of a Personal Trainer that has taken at least 6 months to train, rather than 6 weeks.
Avoid non CIMSPA and REPs approved courses. Without at least one of these logos on your certificates, the likelihood of you being able to gain insurance to practice is extremely low.
Avoid providers that give "cover letters" rather than certificates until you have finished a payment plan. Awarding bodies and insurance companies rarely accept these as proof of qualifications. This could stop you from gaining employment and even being able to do CPD courses.
Avoid training dates that are set in stone. You never know what will happen a few months down the line so make sure you have flexibility.
Avoid poor e-learning format. Ask to see how it looks before you sign up. Nobody wants to have to read text that has been photographed from pages of a book. 

 

 

 

Terrell Lewis

Terrell Lewis - Career Adviser

How important is it to do a proper nutrition qualification as part of my PT qualification?

Very important as they both complement each other, however, nutrition tips the scale. The saying goes “you cannot out train a bad diet”.

One of the factors that can hold many people back from a career change is FEAR of stepping outside of my comfort zone or fear of failure, what would your advice be if fear is holding me back?

The fact is you have 2 choices which are to continue as you have been doing or to take control of something you are not, (“if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got”).

When finding jobs, people are competing with others. What can you do to differentiate yourself?

You can offer a different type of service. PT’s who are achieving are diversely qualified. (i.e. in GP referral & a recognised independent qualification in Nutrition, plus apply the marketing differentiation tips from the Career Accelerator Package).

 

 

 

Luke Hutchings

Luke Hutchings Future Fit Training

How important is it to do a proper nutrition qualification as part of my PT qualification?

Nutrition is extremely important for any up and coming Personal Trainers. It will put you at the top of your game as well as letting you take your clients on the full journey. If you value nutrition as much as we do then training with us will be the best choice you can make. Be the best you can be and train yourself to the highest standard in the industry, which in turn will make you more competitive.

When choosing a training provider, avoid short courses and the ones that are fully online qualifications. Your training will be the most important part in the start of your career and taking time with your learning and making sure you don’t rush your qualification is the most important thing. Spending months rather than weeks gives you a much better advantage of becoming successful in the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Peel 

Greg Peel Future Fit Training

  • What are the 3 biggest concerns people have when switching careers, and how do you recommend potential students overcome these?

I feel it is important to do a proper Nutrition qualification as over 9 million people in UK hold gym memberships but over 70% are obese. This is living proof that it’s not all about what you do in the gym, as Nutrition is just as important or more important.  Therefore, doing a proper Nutrition qualification as part of your PT allows you to gain more clients and give Nutritional advice properly, after all, your car doesn’t run efficiently with the wrong fuel, we all have heard of the stories of cost and damage done by putting the wrong fuel into an engine, our bodies are much the same.

 

 

 

 

 

John Holland

John Holland

  • One of the factors that can hold many people back from a career change is FEAR of stepping outside of my comfort zone or fear of failure, what would your advice be if fear is holding me back?

We will look back in years to come at those things where fear appeared and see how we chose to deal with FEAR. Either we will have Faced Everything And Risen, or we will have Fled Everything And Ran.   

 

  “Only regret the things you haven’t done in life, not the things you have”

 

 

 

 Jump to chapters: 

  1. Introduction 
  2. How to find career change opportunities
  3. Where to look for career ideas
  4. Trending careers in sport and nutrition
  5. Choosing a career and specialization
  6. Evaluating your new career move
  7. Validating your new career move
  8. University, online course, or diploma
  9. Finding a job or building your own business
  10. Pros and cons of changing career in peak season
  11. Final thoughts
  12. Quotes from our career advisers
  13. About the author - Luca Tagliaferro