There are some suggestions I recommended as a fresh S&C graduate to those becoming S&C Coaches, which remain true now. That isn’t to say my other suggestions in part 1 are not, but more that since writing it, the ones I am going to discuss have been further solidified. The first is that, a side hustle does help. It gives you purpose, helps you develop and refine skills that help with employability, helps you find a niche to develop your unique value proposition and brings in some extra income, eventually. My side hustle has managed to adjust and prosper during the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthened my CV and displays unique characteristics in my character that heavily outsell the usual ‘hard worker’, ‘passionate’ and ‘reliable’ candidate.
The second suggestion that remained true is that you can create your own opportunities with ever-growing subsectors in S&C. We ultimately steal so many methods and ideas from other industries… Do you think statistics, reverse engineering or GPS were made for S&C? Of course not. In the same way that S&C was never a field developed to support special populations, Esports or the national health service, but we’re growing as a field. If you’re struggling to find a role as an S&C graduate, it might be time to think outside the box. Whether you’re thinking about approaching a unique subsector, applying for a unique role or even just a typical S&C role, it might be worth conducting a needs analysis for the subsector, organisation or role before you worry about conducting one specifically for the athletes, clients or patients themselves. As one of very few S&C Coach working in the NHS, finding out exactly what that team needs and how I specifically can provide this support is a must. It gives the opportunity you’re trying to create for yourself, your application process and also the work you do once you’re through the door, a true direction and purpose which all align. To continue, the way in which you work can completely change to what we would usually expect. That is job security, set hours and more respectable salaries.
That brings me on to my final point from reiterating what remained true. And that is always showing a willingness to develop. When I first accepted my S&C role in the NHS, I switched from the weight room to the wards and worked alongside physio’s on Major Trauma and COVID-19 wards due to the COVID pandemic, this was before even starting out with my original role in the outpatient’s gym. If you’re applying for a role or trying to create an opportunity for yourself in a new subsector, you may just find that you have to do stuff that isn’t what you may call S&C. Well, if it helps you develop and gain skills in unique ways that other S&C Coaches may not be able to demonstrate to employers and it shows you’re a team player, then do it. Even if it’s a role not relevant to our industry specifically, it may just help you develop generally.