Success Story - Kath Hodgson
"You need to dedicate time to completing the courses and ensure that you stick to your plan. If you have a full time job, make sure you set aside set days to work on the courses and get someone to support you and check you're on track"
"Use the tutor support as it's free and gives lots of help and advice as required. Talk to local gyms and try and shadow people (voluntary if necessary) as feel this will help immensely once you actually start work. It may take time to find something that works for you, but don't give up and if it's in addition to another job, pace yourself and don't say yes to everything as you won't be able to commit..."
Since school I have always been interested in both watching and playing sport. I ran for the county team (sprinting) and played netball and badminton at competitive levels before going to university. I continued to play badminton and liked to run to keep fit. I then got into women's rugby at university which I played for almost 10 years before injury, age and work commitments took over. I continued to use the gym, attend circuit classes and body pump to keep myself fit.
I am a qualified pharmacist and always felt that fitness and health sit alongside each other very well. After 10-15 years in pharmacy and having done various roles including teaching pharmacy students at university, I wanted to focus on something different that I could fit around my full time job.
I looked at various courses available, costs and availability etc. and decided Future Fit provided me with the most flexibility to complete the courses by providing online study at home with weekend course attendance for some elements, which suited my schedule. Costs were comparable to other reputable providers and timings were appropriate for me.
I really enjoyed working through the course material although it was quite demanding and needed to schedule in specific times each week as "revising last minute and rushed assignments" do not work for me. Dedicated tutor support was available for each module and always very helpful if the information was not immediately available.
As I was finishing my diploma, I moved to Prague for 2 years with my husband where I completed my course. I decided to teach English and complete the full Pilates qualification as this interested me personally and would offer a wider qualification portfolio once back in the UK. Once I had completed the course I found an expats group who taught Pilates and worked with a qualified teacher to practice. I also took a few of her classes while she was on holiday. The support gave me a confidence boost to teach on my return to the UK.
Once I returned to the UK, I was lucky enough to find a Pilates class in a gym. I joined the Celtic Manor in Wales which needed an instructor immediately so I started teaching there once a week and now cover Pilates classes as required.
I also set up my own class on a Tuesday morning before 9am. I also teach at a leisure centre so I have about 5 classes a week and 1:1s which fit alongside my work in pharmacy. It's quite demanding at times depending on what day of the week it is, but I love teaching the classes and it is great to see people progress and that they are getting something from the classes. To keep in touch with clients needs I regularly ask for feedback, speak to other instructors for ideas and attend other classes.
I would like to teach more of my own classes in local communities and maybe a bit of circuits and other fitness classes but I need to pace myself and see how all my jobs can work together. It's a bit of a balancing act but very worth it.