Face Your Fears : Fearing a career change

There may be many reasons why you are considering a career change or fresh start, but you may also be fearing a career change.

Maybe, you’ve taken time out to start a family and the time has come to head back out to work; maybe you’ve reached the ceiling of promotions in your current job and want a new challenge or maybe you find yourself loving the gym and wanting to spend your working hours there too.

Maybe you are motivated by helping others and helping those around you.  Whatever your reason, this is the perfect reason to harness this energy and take the first step to deciding the next step in your new career.

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Unfortunately, many people wanting to make a career change or return to PT school do not do so because of fear.

The First Step is Admitting It

Many aspiring personal trainers are fearing a career change; and moving into the unknown. They are often concerned about the cost of returning to the classroom and enrol on PT school, the time commitment involved, and attending classes with younger students. Some learners are concerned that their current employer and work colleagues will be unimpressed with their new career choice and certifications. Once enrolled, and having a support network to guide you through studies calms any fears and by the end of morning 1 of the attendance all learners say how glad that their fears did not prevent them from obtaining more education.

The following concerns are voiced by many working professionals reluctant to return to back to the classroom and upskill to their new chosen career:

“I’m Afraid I Won’t Fit In”fearing a career change - group photo

Most learners that are changing career, are wondering who their classmates will be; they question whether other learners will be in the “same-boat” as them. It is understandable to feel scared of a new situation and potentially feel like you are embarking on this journey alone.  However, most working adults enrolling in a PT career fit-in very well and do not have the aforementioned problems. All learners no matter what their situation usually enrol with fears and concerns only later to realize that they were overreacting.

“I’m Afraid It Will Be Too Expensive”

Everyone has a different financial situation and it can be expensive enrolling on to a personal trainer course. The expense alone is enough to cause many you to reconsider the decision to enrol on a personal trainer course. However, when education is viewed as an investment, the costs of attending PT school do not seem as large of an obstacle. It’s best to have a long term rather than short term perspective. In fact, the benefits associated with obtaining more education often offset the costs of returning to school. Before deciding against returning to school, consider how a return will help you achieve your long-term career and educational goals.

“I’m Afraid It Will Take Up Too Much Time”

It’s not unreasonable for you to feel overwhelmed with your current responsibilities, day to day job and life duties. As a result, enrolling on a personal trainer course can be very intimidating. Working full-time, raising a family, and fulfilling other responsibilities are enough to occupy already full schedules.

However, is it possible to make time to return to PT school? You bet it is. It may require sacrificing time spent on some activities and duties, but it is possible to make the time.  If you set a goal and have unwavering commitment to reach it, you can develop the ability to make time.  In fact, our day has many areas to find NET (no extra time) for example podcasts that can be listened to whilst completing other tasks such as house work or commuting.

“I’m Afraid It Will Take Forever To Complete My Course”

It usually requires 6 months to obtain both level 2 fitness instructor and your Level 3 Personal Trainer. That may not seem as an impossible task for a young adult with the time, but it can be very intimidating for someone with a full-time job and family responsibilities.  However, Parallel Coaching offer flexible learning programs. As a result, if something in daily ife should crop up, such as caring for a family member or a super stressful time at work you can pause you studies and return on the next course.

“I’m Afraid I will find it hard to learn after so many years”

Learners often report they become concerned that returning to PT school will be hard having not been in a classroom for years.  The idea of the first day, taking assessments and being part of a group is daunting. In other words, they feel that they will find learning tough and this may hinder their success in a new career.

However, most people who’ve completed the PT course will attest to the exact opposite.  Learning in a small group and emphasizing team work, you will work closely with tutors and fellow classmates. Group work and interaction enables students to learn from other professionals with various work experiences. New knowledge acquired from group interaction can immediately be applied to work situations.  which means by the time any assessments come round you are super confident and competent, being assessment ready and more so fit pro industry ready.

Why Make The Move?

The following are benefits of attending PT school as a working professional:Promotion or career advancement opportunities: Returning to school is one way to improve your chances to get promoted, or it is one strategy for beginning a career transition.

  • Demonstrate to your children and future generations the importance of education: If you set an example for your children, they are more than likely to attend college and enjoy the benefits of earning a degree.
  • Gain the necessary knowledge and prepare for managing your own business: It is very challenging to successfully run a small business, so developing skills and acquiring business knowledge will be very beneficial.

It can seem intimidating to enrol on a course and pursue a new career, but this should not be a reason for missing out on the benefits of acquiring more education. Adults or working professionals with a plan can smoothly make the transition back to school and supercharge a new fitness career.

Face Your Fears,

Until next time

Neale

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