Considering your career: Ever thought about fitness, sport or outdoor recreation?

Thinking about moving into a fitness, sport or outdoor recreation career, but not sure if it's for you? We can help!

Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Do I love being active?
  • Do I dream about leaving my current job (often)?
  • Do I want a flexible career?
  • Do I enjoy being fit and strong?
  • Am I an outdoors person?
  • Do I like helping people?
  • Am I good at relating to people?
  • Do I enjoy challenges?
  • Am I passionate about health?
  • Do I enjoy inspiring and teaching people?
  • If you answered yes to four or more of these questions, then the chances are you would be well suited to a career in fitness, sport or outdoor recreation.

    Life is too short not to be doing what you love. If you're waiting for the perfect time to make a change, the truth is, there is no "perfect" moment. Timing really just depends on what you want your life to look like in three months, six months, a year, or five years.

    With this in mind, let's have a look at fitness, sport and outdoor recreation careers.

    rope exerciseWhat is a fitness career?

    This is a very broad career area and includes jobs that circle around fitness and health. Just some fitness career options include:

  • Gym instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Bootcamp instructor
  • Pilates instructor
  • Yoga teacher
  • Group fitness trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Resort or cruise fitness instructor
  • Gym franchisee or owner
  • What is a sport career?

    If you are obsessed with sports, coaching and technique, this may be the career for you. Jobs in the sports sector include:

  • Athlete
  • Sports coach
  • Sports trainer
  • Umpire or referee
  • Fitness product sales
  • Team manager
  • Sports manager
  • Sport development officer
  • Development coach
  • Aquatic instructor
  • running shoesWhat is an outdoor recreation career?

    Outdoor recreation careers are perfect for people who love adventure and being in the great outdoors. Careers in outdoor recreation include:

  • Adventure guide
  • Adventure instructor
  • Scuba diving instructor
  • Outdoor education officer
  • Tour guide
  • Archery instructor
  • Expedition leader
  • Camp leader
  • Raft instructor
  • School outdoor education leader
  • Activity instructor
  • Mountain guide
  • Ski/snow board instructor
  • Camp counsellor
  • Recreation and leisure officer
  • Tourism promotor
  • Outdoor guide
  • Interested?

    If any of these careers sound interesting, and if you want to explore your options, come along to our Fitness, Sport and Outdoor Recreation open day at TAFE NSW Northern Beaches this Saturday 24 June from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.

    Here you can chat one-on-one to teachers and get career and study advice, as well as tour the grounds, and participate in fun fitness and strength workshops and challenges.

    Below you'll find a snapshot of what we've got planned.

    yogaWhat's on?

    Strength and conditioning workshop

    The strength and conditioning workshop will challenge you physically and mentally. Led by Matt Kortt, TAFE NSW Sport and Recreation Teacher, the 30-minute session will focus on mobility and functional strength, as well as muscular and cardiovascular endurance, Participants will be put through their paces using innovative equipment including battleropes, kettlebells, powerbags and torsonator.

    Outdoor rec workshop

    Solve this orienteering challenge by using the power of your body and mind, and you could be in the running to win a prize (that you'll actually wand!). Created by exercise physiologist and TAFE NSW Northern Beaches' Sport and Recreation Teacher, James Skeates, this adventure will include physical and mental challenges as you race against the clock and around TAFE NSW Northern Beaches to find clues and solve the puzzle.

    Strength and fitness challenges

    Learn just how strong and fit you really are in our fun strength and fitness challenges. Led by fitness experts, you will face challenges and be in the running to win prizes. You will also learn how you stack up against norms, where you could improve and where you excel!

    Client centred programming

    Learn the keys to client centred programming that will help you tailor programs to individuals and not only keep clients coming back, but that will turn them into advocates for your business.

    Delivered by Liam Daley, Head Teacher of Sport, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation at TAFE NSW Northern Beaches, the presentation is perfect for anyone looking for that extra edge in their PT business.

    Nutrition workshop

    Learn the keys to good sports nutrition from one of Sydney's best nutritionists, Tamara Madden from Mad on Nutrition.

    Speaking from experience as an ultra-marathon runner and a qualified nutritionist, Tamara will help you to understand the balance between fitness and nutrition that is needed to make sure your body performs to its absolute best.

    Social media workshop: #fitspo or #fail

    Harness the power of social media to promote yourself as a fitness professional. Learn how to craft your brand, find an audience, and how/what/when to post to be effective.

    Free range food!

    We will have Miss Mabel's food truck on site so you can tuck into tasty free range, organic food during the morning's adventures!

    Free coffee!

    Yes that's right, free coffee! You can kick-start your day with a fresh latte, or power through strength and fitness challenges with a long black, thanks to the Lord of the Beans coffee cart! Or if a protein shake is more to your liking, we'll be serving those too (also free!).

    Come along!

    Whether you're looking to start a fitness career, changing your career or training to take the next step in your career, you will find answers to your questions, as well as inspiration and information at TAFE NSW Northern Beaches' Fitness, Sport and Outdoor Recreation open day.

    It's free and fun, and even if you're just starting to think about fitness, sport or outdoor recreation as a career, it will help you to clarify your goals and understand what the future could hold!

    See you there!