I recently received my BS in Movement Science and am currently studying for ACSM’s HFS certification exam. I feel as though I have a lot of the knowledge necessary for this field, but I have no experience in the practical application of it. I can’t afford to go to the two day seminars they provide (although I am doing the online webinars), and I’m not sure where else I could go to get experience in applying my knowledge!
How did you get your initial experience when you first started in this field? How could I approach a potential employer and sell myself without having experience where I am working directly with clients yet?
Congratulations on getting your degree! The health/wellness field is filled with possibilities for the budding professional which is one of the reasons I got into this industry in the first place.
Are there any specific professions you’re hoping to start out in? (i.e. personal training, health club management, lifestyle coaching, something in a clinical fitness setting, etc.)
Regardless of the specific career you’ll be starting, seeking out internship opportunities might be to your advantage. Much like Harris’s recommendation of finding a mentor, an internship could help open up doors for you later on down the line. After showing a business how valuable you are as an intern I feel you’re much more likely to have a paid position offered up to you. On the other hand, there’s always the option of creating a position/department for yourself within the business by demonstrating how the business will benefit from it both financially and/or from a customer experience standpoint.
Does all this make sense? Have you looked into any local internships and what their requirements are for applying?
Let me know your thoughts if you’ve got the time. Best of luck to you either way!