I’ve recently been hearing a lot of great stories of people who have changed their lives around through a change of career. I love that for most of us, we have the option to be able to pursue a way of making a living that excites us and taps into the things we are really passionate about. That has certainly been my experience with becoming a health coach!
I have talked to a lot of people that have taken their passionate for fitness and turned it into a career. Adding a personal training qualification to my other qualifications is something I would love to look into one day as I feel it would be great to increase my knowledge in this area. I’ve been looking at the Personal Trainer Course from Fit Training as a potential start.
I know that just deciding to change careers isn’t as simple as it sounds, and as I’m kind of in the middle of doing that, here’s a few tips for things to consider if this is something you would like to do…
Talk to friends and family – I talked through my ideas with all of my friends and family and got a lot of valuable feedback and support. Talking through your ideas with them before you dive in can be useful to get your thoughts in order. If they aren’t supportive, don’t let that discourage you. Instead try and ask them to re form their negativity into constructive advice.
Is this really you? Think about the reality versus the dream – if your dream career involves a lot of contact with other people when in reality you are more introverted, then when it comes to actually doing it, you might find that it’s not the right fit for you after all. Consider exactly what kind of things you will be doing day in and day out and be honest about whether that is something you would enjoy doing in reality, rather than the dream.
Be financially prepared – there’s no doubt about it, changing careers comes with some financial un certainty. Take a long hard look at your current financial situation and assess if you can afford to pay for your training and education and how you would manage if you aren’t earning income for a while. Many courses like the ones available from Fit Training offer finance plans which can make things easier. Also consider continuing to work in your current job for a while until you have built up your business.
Get business advice – if your new career means you will be setting up your own business and working for yourself, then get some advice. It’s also essential to have some kind of business plan – it doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds, just writing down your businesses mission and values, what you would like to achieve and how you plan to achieve it, a look at your market, competition and marketing as well as some financials is good enough to get going with.
Have self belief – this is very hard, I know. But any big life change like this is going to have it’s ups and downs and you need that self belief to get you through!
Ultimately, I belief that pursuing a career that enables you to make a living in a way you enjoy is always worth the effort. Life is too short to do something you hate! Have you changed careers yourself? What advice would you give?
*Post in partnership with Fit Training