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Newly qualifi ed students will oſt en look for work in entry-level positions such as lifeguarding or personal training Companies off ering training and accredi-

tation in leisure fi elds also have a wealth of experience and will oſt en seek to help stu- dents fi nd work experience and employment opportunities once they have fi nished their courses. Newly qualifi ed students will oſt en look for work in entry-level positions like lifeguarding and personal training.

Paola Rios

Where are you working and what is your position? Fitness manager for LA Fitness. What does your day-to-day role include? Ensuring all studio classes run smoothly, that the club is in a ready state and that health and safety procedures are followed. What attracted you to the leisure industry? I have always been passionate about health and fi tness. What attracted you to this particular sector? Having practised dancing and skating since a very young age I have always wanted to share and promote the concept that exer- cise and other forms of physical activity can be fun. How easy was it to fi nd a job? I was lucky enough to be off ered a position as a freelance personal trainer before I had received my diploma. How did you enter the industry? What training course did you do before your fi rst job? I pursued the full Personal Training diploma with Fitness Industry Education. How well do you think your training prepared you for a career in leisure? I do feel my training was very thorough and provided a good base from which to build a successful personal training career.

© CYBERTREK 2013 Twitter: @leisureopps “Working in the leisure industry is hugely

enjoyable, very rewarding and entry level jobs such as lifeguarding provide a stepping stone into a diverse range of jobs,” says Tara Dillon, executive director of IQL UK, which manages high quality aquatic qualifi cations on behalf of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK).

T ese types of certifi cation can also be

vital for graduates too. “University degrees such as sports science or leisure manage- ment off er a good theoretical grounding in the industry, but they don’t always meet the requirements of employes,” adds Branch. “While university courses will likely pro- vide the knowledge required to work at a

However, no training course can ever fully pre- pare you for the real world, and the only way to learn the ropes is to get out there and actu- ally do it. Have you attended any training arranged by your current employer? Yes, my current employer is very supportive in this way. I have attended training courses cov- ering fi rst aid, sales and people management. What advice would you have for school leav-

ers looking to get into the industry? Do your research and be true to yourself. T is industry has a lot to off er, but many fi nd it diffi cult to succeed because they start out with unrealistic expectations. Is there anything you would do diff erently if given the chance? Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and I would certainly have fol- lowed my own advice! I threw myself in at the deep end by starting right away as a freelance personal trainer. Is working in the leisure industry what you expected? T ere are both positives and negatives to achieving career goals and aspirations; however, on balance yes I would say it is. What are the best aspects of the leisure industry? Helping individuals to make changes in their lives to improve their health and fi tness practices and achieve their goals. And the worst? T e demanding long days and odd schedule of a life.

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