Making a positive change in the fitness industry

This post is Sponsored by Open Study College

Last year I became a qualified Personal Trainer and since then I have been looking for the next steps to take as a fitness practitioner in order to have a positive impact on the health and fitness industry. Having both a degree and a Masters degree, it’s fair to say that I have a very inquisitive personality. I am always curious and to learn more. So when Open Study College offered me the chance to enrol on their CACHE Level 2 Nutrition and Health course, I jumped at the opportunity to get another qualification under my belt.

The Open Study College have a wide range of courses on offer for use to choose from. Whether it’s anatomy or accounting, interior design or personal training, you can find a course to help you make the next step in your career or push you towards a completely new one all together. One of the things that I love about the courses is that you can complete them from the comfort of your home. I think one of the main reasons why so many of us struggle to make a career move is because we simply can’t afford to dedicated a month or two to studying. We’ve got bills to pay, so work takes up a lot of our time. But with the Open Study College having distance learning courses, you can move at your own pace and fit in studying around working, raising a family and anything else that you dedicate your time to.

My parents have always encouraged me to continually expand my knowledge and we live in an age where we can enrol on a course today and literally complete, it our my Pyjamas come Friday. It excites me that my dreams can become a reality thanks to organisations like Open Study College and the digital era. So if you’re thinking about making a career move or want to progress in your current career, here’s how enrolling in a course on Open Study College can help you get your foot on the ladder and a competitive edge:

Simplicity

I know it can be a bit daunting going back to studying after being out of school, college or uni for some time, but he whole process of choosing a course and enrolling was actually pretty simple. It was nothing like University or college, where you had to bring everything but the kitchen sink to get started.

I already had in my mind the kind of course that I wanted to do, which made the elimination easy for me. So, if you know what you’d like your next career move to be but you’re not completely sure about which course to pick, have a look at your end goal and work backwards. Think about all of the steps needed to reach the end goal and you’ll soon have the answer.

I know that in the future I want to be a sports performance and run coach, so I’m going to need several nutritional qualifications and fitness qualifications in order to reach my goal. But right now, my short term goal is developing my client base and one of the best ways to do that is to study nutrition for sport to complement my personal training qualifications.

Have a good look at all of the course perspectives and if you’re unsure about which course to take in your current situation, contact them for a bit of advice.

 

Wide range of Course

Although I have enrolled on once of the health and fitness courses, a lot of the courses in the Marketing and PR category caught my eye in the decision making processes. I have a BA in Public Relations and a Masters Degree in TV Journalism and I have over 5 years experience in digital marketing but, other than reading a few articles here and there I haven’t really dedicated anymore time to really studying. And the digital world is constantly evolving. Blogging is a brilliant example. Since starting out 3 years ago, the industry has changed so much and you can find lots of courses to help you along your way. Such as Facebook for business, Marketing with Google and YouTube or a marketing diploma. You can also do your GCSE’s and A Level’s too, so if you let school early or wish you studied different subjects at A Level, it’s not to late to start studying.

Price

When I was at university, I used to hear stories of people paying £1,000 a year to attend university. It used to make my heart feel weak as I paid my £3000+ a year in uni fees. So I can’t even imagine how people feel today with the average degree costing upwards of £9,000 a year. Because of this, most people don’t even consider looking into alternative options, such as online study, because they assume that all courses cost around the same price. Which simply isn’t the case. OSC courses are not only affordable, but there is also an option to enrol on a payment plan so that you can spread the cost over several months. You can do my course for as little as £15.95 a month. They often have sales too so keep an eye out for those too!

The Process

Your learning pack will be sent out to you in the post a few days after you’ve enrolled and you’re free to start learning whenever you like. There’s also a 14 day cooling off period so if you decide that

One of the reasons why I wanted to enrol on the CACHE Level 2 Nutrition and Health course is because I want to continually expand my knowledge and grow as a fitness practitioner. This qualification won’t make me become a fully qualified nutritionist but it will allow me to give my clients nutritional advice and guidance based on knowledge. From this course I will be to explore the nutritional needs for a variety of people and understand how their dietary requirements change throughout their life. You’ve probably seen thousands of posts on instagram telling you what to eat or what not to eat from people who don’t even have a personal training qualification, and I want to be a part of the positive change that’s happening in the industry, to end this.

I am really looking forward to completeing my course with Open Study College and like with all OSC courses, I have my own personal tutor to guide me every step of the way. I was initially worried that being a distance learner I’d have to rely on Google (YIKES!) to help me with any questions that I have. But, I’ve been allocated a tutor who is an expert in their field and is available to use as my disposal.

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Thanks to Open Study College for sponsoring this post, all views and opinions are my own.

 

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