Student and Graduate Publishing


Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:36

Graduating. It’s like reaching the end of a gruelling marathon, only to be told by the guy with the checkered flag that you’re not even halfway to the real finish line.

It’s unfair.

All that money, time, sweat and anxiety, spent for nothing other than the daunting prospect of long-term unemployment. And even more anxiety.

- Got a 2:1 on all your coursework? Doesn’t matter.

- Nailed your dissertation with a First? Good for you.

- Took control of the student paper alongside your studies? Great – now can you get in line please?

This, unfortunately, is what many of us run into after graduation. And that’s before the interviews have even started … they’re even worse.

 You’ve done incredibly well in your studies. But why don’t you have any work experience?

If you haven’t been slapped with that type of question already, you will soon. Resist the temptation to scream ‘BECAUSE NOBODY WILL GIVE ME ANY EXPERIENCE!’ at your interviewer. It’s a good post-grad test of professionalism to just take that one on the chin.

Recent graduate Ellie Smith knows all about this and recently wrote a brutally honest piece on how it’s a long, hard slog to get employed nowadays.

She’s right.

Still, there is one route to go down – one that can not only result in a full-time career within 12 months of graduation but also a lifetime of good health (and potentially good wealth … depending on how you go about it).
Personal training.

It’s one of the fastest growing industries on the planet. The first-world has never been so image and health conscious. Your potential audience is massive.

In terms of pay, you’re looking at between £20 and £50 per hour depending on your qualifications, experience and target audience (i.e. a female Soho client-base would likely pay more than the average).
You’d be working either in-house at a gym, straight from your own home or even on-board a cruise ship.

Some trainers take their skills into the business world - targeting a primed audience of (wealthy) office workers who are crying out for convenient and effective exercise during lunch.
Cliché time – the possibilities are endless. Seriously, they are.

just read the success stories on Health and Fitness Education (HFE) to see what I mean.

How to become a personal trainer …

Personal training is similar to fitness instructing, only you’ll usually have more advanced qualifications and therefore the ability to target a much larger exercising audience.

Many PTs start out as fitness instructors in their local gym before pursuing the more challenging (and more rewarding) professional route. So, a part-time job in your nearest leisure centre would definitely help … but it’s not needed.

If you’re thinking of going for it, there’s a straightforward way to get started …

First, figure out that this is what you want to do (or at least attempt for a couple of years until you really figure out what you want to do).

Second, keep it simple. Take the personal trainer course from HFE qualification (Level 2 & Level 3) and you can use it to leverage a career, never mind a job.

This is a serious course for people who are serious about grabbing life by the horns after Uni and carving out a vocation for themselves.

It’s not like another degree. It’s not like an MA. It’s a programme fully supported by practicing personal trainers. You learn straight from the course material created by HFE founder, Lee Cain – loaded with techniques, secrets and templates.

Fitness aside, this course is a master class in how to start up a business. Real people are out there making money from the profession right now.

Once you’ve got your qualification, you’ll arrive at a very different post-grad crossroads than you’re at right now – you’ll have the choice (and the chops) to go self-employed. Or, you’ll have all the qualifications (and experience) you need to snatch a job at your local gym.

It takes about six weeks to complete the course – nothing compared to a three-year undergraduate degree. You’ll walk it.
Find out more here.