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The Fitness Zone

Becoming a Personal Trainer Can Be a Reality
July 28, 2011 | by Rosemary Marchese

If you've spent months working hard to gain a qualification, you don't want to spend months afterwards looking for a job. This is where the Australian Institute of Fitness excels they care about your career, not just about putting you through their course.

All too often students are left to their own devises once they've completed a course, and career advice' consists of simply giving a list of companies or a few website addresses. It's a daunting place to be you're new at writing a resume, all the job advertisements are asking for experience, and you're nervous in interviews. But the Australian Institute of Fitness has a passion for the fitness industry and assisting its graduates in finding employment.

The Institute has come up with a number of ways to offer support, including signing partnerships with a number of gyms and businesses in the fitness industry. Establishments such as Fitness First and Vision Personal Training are continuously looking for new employees, and they seek Institute graduates, knowing they have the skills and enthusiasm required. The partnerships also mean that students get talks from industry leaders, and recommended students can undertake work experience, gaining valuable insight into health club operation.

The support also takes the form of individual coaching in coursework, assistance with resume writing and specific career guidance. Not only that, but this professional and caring support is ongoing for as long as the person wishes to work in the fitness industry.

The unique approach by the Institute is so successful that the majority of graduates are employed within days of finishing their course. Rick Munn, State Sales Manager for Victoria and Tasmania, says, Offering exceptional support to students and graduates is extremely important to us.

We're making a huge difference to people's lives. Seeing unfit or unhappy people become vibrant and happy, and enthusiastically embrace their new career is fantastic, he says.

The Institute was founded in 1979 and, with 13 campuses nationally, offers the most contact course options of any fitness training organisation in Australia.

The range of nationally, and internationally accredited options include personal training and gym instructor programs, group and aqua fitness instructor programs, as well as a massage therapist program and the first customised fitness business program in Australia.

Munn says, From December to March, school leavers make up 70% of students at the Institute, and career changers 30%, but the ratio is reversed from March to November. And with the fitness and wellness industry thriving, there are full-time courses starting every week.

The maximum number of students per course is 32 depending on the campus and full-time courses take around 8-12 weeks to complete. Part-timers are looking at 16-20 weeks, while students studying online are allowed 12 months to finish.

The fitness industry is suited to those who are self-motivated and have a passion for helping people. Mr Munn says, There's no better time to be in the fitness industry than now especially for women thinking of changing careers.

Women who complete our courses find it really easy to get a job. Employers are screaming for female trainers, he says.

About Rosemary Marchese

Rose has a degree in physiotherapy, and over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry as an author, freelance writer, trainer and assessor. She has also been a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer, as well as Editor of Fitness Pro and Clean Eating Australia magazine and author of The Essential Guide to Fitness: For the Fitness Instructor. Rose now develops learning materials for the Australian Institute of Fitness, ensuring that courses are evidence-based and innovative.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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