Guest Post Written By Anna Hicks
Are you thinking of a career in sports medicine? Sports medicine is a large field that has many specialties. In general, someone who specializes in sports medicine is going to help people improve or sustain their physical fitness. This can apply not only to athletes, but to people who have had injuries as well.
This is a well-respected field with room for advancement and growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.”
7 Ways to Stand Out From The Crowd
Go to an Applicable School
Some school specialize in sports medicine so if this what you want to do for the rest of your life find school which specialize in a niche you enjoy. Even if big time schools are out of range and price there are small schools which offer renowned medical training like Sanford Brown programs. Regardless of where you go to school, getting good grades and learning are the most important.
Major in whatever specialty you are most interested in. Want to work in physical therapy? Or maybe you want to work directly with athletes as a personal trainer. Whatever you choose, make sure you take majors or electives in the chosen field to increase your chances of getting an internship that directly relates to your sports medicine specialty.
Get Great Grades
You need to stay on top of your competition when it comes to getting your dream internship. Don’t let your grades slip, because they may choose another applicant who has better grades than you do. Join study groups, try not to miss any classes, and put your best effort forth.
Nothing looks better on a resume or application than volunteer work. This shows you are an upstanding character who has good morale and the desire to help people. While volunteer work looks great on any resume, it really stands out in a field that helps care for people, like sports medicine.
Create an Impressive Résumé and Cover Letter
Your resume tells your prospective internship sponsor everything they need to know about you, on one page. So, you really need to make this page stand out from the rest. Your cover letter is just as important, as it is an introduction and a reason for why you are the bets choice for their internship spot. Utilize all resources available to you. Hire a professional or let friends and colleagues review your resume with suggestions. Check if your school offers career assistance. Often times, career assistance also covers resume writing.
Some people say it is all about who you know. Network with other professionals to keep up to date with what’s going on in the field. They will be a great source of information about career trends, job openings and (hopefully) future colleagues. You can join a professional networking site, such as LinkedIn.
Work Part Time
Having work experience is important. Particularly if you can get a job somehow related to the field you want. Look for jobs such as a physical therapy technician (the supportive techs who assist physical therapists), as a fitness class instructor or assistant or other sports-related job. This shows you have a strong work ethic and some experience in your pocket. Comment below with other great tips and ways to land an internship and make sure to send us a tweet @Sportsnetworker