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Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path

Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path

Hi everyone - recently I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about my future and the career path I want to take.

I’m 21 and currently work in retail management and have never done anything else.

I didn’t do very well at school, got pretty poor GCSEs and left school after and never did any A levels.

Due to financial commitments unfortunately I can not go into full time education but I am thinking long term that I would definitely like to go to University and study for a degree in the future.

I have spent a lot of time researching qualifications/courses/universities etc but am really unsure at what direction to take so am hoping that someone can give me some guidance.

I am very interested in all aspects of sport/fitness industry but do not really know what I want to do career wise as there is almost too much choice. I like the idea of being a personal trainer and helping people achieve their goals and I am interested in some of the different elements that make it up (theory and psychological side behind exercise, nutrition aspects interest me and sports massage to aid recovery). I am interested in different degrees but would appreciate any advice on different degrees that are related to the fitness industry and how beneficial they in the respect of obtaining a relevant job on completion?

From researching things I believe that the standard requirements to get into a decent university to study a sports/fitness/nutrition course are three good A levels. One has to be a science, normally human biology, and the other two can be pretty much anything but sport studies/P.E can be beneficial as well as psychology.

Does this sound right?

I now feel focused and ready and want to start again, I have a general plan in my head but would like as much advice as possible before I make a decision on what to do as I only want to do things that are going to lead me on and I’m going to get something at the end of it.

My plan was to take human biology GCSE part time at my local college for a year so I can gain some basic knowledge (remember been out of education for a while!) and a good grade so I can and am confident to take an A level in Human Biology the following year. Along with this I was thinking of taking Psychology as I have an interest in this and I think could be a relevant and beneficial A level to take?
So I would be doing those two A Levels along side each other.

The third A level I would like to take is sport studies/PE as this looks really relevant to what I am interested in but none of my local colleges do this and its not one you can take distance learning is it? So I am not sure about that one? I’m guessing to find a private tutor the costs could be phenomenal, (well to me anyway!)

I am also really interested in learning about massage and have been looking into different courses .

At my local college they do a number of different courses which give you an ITEC Diploma / qualification at the end of the course. I was very interested in the sports massage (ITEC Certificate) course but have found out that one of the requirements prior to starting this course is that you have the ITEC diploma in holistic massage so you have experience in understanding the antonomy and physiology side.

The holistic massage course is spread over one year (4 hours per week over 32 weeks) and I really want to take it, with the view of doing the sports massage certificate the following year.

I have spent a lot of time looking on the web but am interested in peoples opinions of how good these courses are (anyone taken these?) and how good the actual qualification is - I mean would you be able to get a job in the relevant industry with these qualifications etc?

I also thought that this is a different avenue I can go down at the same time as re- doing GCSE’s and a levels etc.

Basically I would be really interested in as many comments/advice as possible and would like to hear from everyone, people doing the courses I have suggested and also those who are at uni’s doing degrees and working in relevant industries and how they got into them.

Sorry about all the waffle just trying to give everyone clearest picture of my situation.

Thanks for everyone’s time in advance,


Richy

post edited by RICHYS_2007 - 2007/06/10 20:07:33
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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path 2007/06/10 20:07:44 (permalink)
    TBH if you want sporty stuff PE teacher of government community like sport work would beat the 'mainstream fitness industry' hands down for security, benefits and pay
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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path 2007/06/10 20:15:23 (permalink)
    As you are older and a 'mature student' entry to university maybe different to that of a school leaver.

    Depends on the uni of course but some will take people with minimal qualifications.
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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path 2007/06/10 22:13:30 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: RICHYS_2007

    Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path

    Hi everyone - recently I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about my future and the career path I want to take.

    I’m 21 and currently work in retail management and have never done anything else.

    I didn’t do very well at school, got pretty poor GCSEs and left school after and never did any A levels.

    Due to financial commitments unfortunately I can not go into full time education but I am thinking long term that I would definitely like to go to University and study for a degree in the future.

    I have spent a lot of time researching qualifications/courses/universities etc but am really unsure at what direction to take so am hoping that someone can give me some guidance.

    I am very interested in all aspects of sport/fitness industry but do not really know what I want to do career wise as there is almost too much choice. I like the idea of being a personal trainer and helping people achieve their goals and I am interested in some of the different elements that make it up (theory and psychological side behind exercise, nutrition aspects interest me and sports massage to aid recovery). I am interested in different degrees but would appreciate any advice on different degrees that are related to the fitness industry and how beneficial they in the respect of obtaining a relevant job on completion?

    From researching things I believe that the standard requirements to get into a decent university to study a sports/fitness/nutrition course are three good A levels. One has to be a science, normally human biology, and the other two can be pretty much anything but sport studies/P.E can be beneficial as well as psychology.

    Does this sound right?

    I now feel focused and ready and want to start again, I have a general plan in my head but would like as much advice as possible before I make a decision on what to do as I only want to do things that are going to lead me on and I’m going to get something at the end of it.

    My plan was to take human biology GCSE part time at my local college for a year so I can gain some basic knowledge (remember been out of education for a while!) and a good grade so I can and am confident to take an A level in Human Biology the following year. Along with this I was thinking of taking Psychology as I have an interest in this and I think could be a relevant and beneficial A level to take?
    So I would be doing those two A Levels along side each other.

    The third A level I would like to take is sport studies/PE as this looks really relevant to what I am interested in but none of my local colleges do this and its not one you can take distance learning is it? So I am not sure about that one? I’m guessing to find a private tutor the costs could be phenomenal, (well to me anyway!)

    I am also really interested in learning about massage and have been looking into different courses .

    At my local college they do a number of different courses which give you an ITEC Diploma / qualification at the end of the course. I was very interested in the sports massage (ITEC Certificate) course but have found out that one of the requirements prior to starting this course is that you have the ITEC diploma in holistic massage so you have experience in understanding the antonomy and physiology side.

    The holistic massage course is spread over one year (4 hours per week over 32 weeks) and I really want to take it, with the view of doing the sports massage certificate the following year.

    I have spent a lot of time looking on the web but am interested in peoples opinions of how good these courses are (anyone taken these?) and how good the actual qualification is - I mean would you be able to get a job in the relevant industry with these qualifications etc?

    I also thought that this is a different avenue I can go down at the same time as re- doing GCSE’s and a levels etc.

    Basically I would be really interested in as many comments/advice as possible and would like to hear from everyone, people doing the courses I have suggested and also those who are at uni’s doing degrees and working in relevant industries and how they got into them.

    Sorry about all the waffle just trying to give everyone clearest picture of my situation.

    Thanks for everyone’s time in advance,


    Richy




    You should have buckled down at school buddy, you young ones do nothing but toss it off all day at school thinking I'll get a job when I leave........it's a wild world out there buddy. When I was at school I did the same as you I tossed it off till the last year then I got a wake up call so the last year I buckled down and got some work done. I got a job with a major high street retailer, I started at the bottom of the pile and worked my way up the ladder to where I am today, I've got to this position through hard work sweat and tears and I'll tell you something I've never looked back. I'm on a good wage with good perks, I've got a nice home a decent woman.

    I won't forget my mentor in all this the man who gave me a chance Mr Tony Wilkinson, when you stand back and look at this man and what he's built up it is a truly amazing story, the man is a true gentlemen and with an estimated fortune of around £200million + through sheer hard work everytime he speaks to you you just want to shake his hand forever.

    You only get one chance take that chance and keep a hold of it, your school days are the best days of your life, you've wasted yours like I nearly wasted mine, get to college and study, get some exams abd start all over again.
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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path 2007/06/10 22:21:09 (permalink)
    You should have buckled down at school buddy, you young ones do nothing but toss it off all day at school thinking I'll get a job when I leave........


    the poster may have done this, he may also not be the most gifted person in the world,
    look at the wider picture ash

    although i did more or less the same as you, i tossed it off until i got to 15, blitzed a year and got good gcse's
    when i say tossed it off i mean from 5-15 i was practically suspended ALL that time, then suddenly i fcuked them mates off, went it alone and come out with something
    unfortunately i thought i was cleverer then i was and attempted as and a2 levels, eventually dropping out after the as's
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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path 2007/06/10 22:31:47 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: kerr616

    You should have buckled down at school buddy, you young ones do nothing but toss it off all day at school thinking I'll get a job when I leave........


    the poster may have done this, he may also not be the most gifted person in the world,
    look at the wider picture ash

    although i did more or less the same as you, i tossed it off until i got to 15, blitzed a year and got good gcse's
    when i say tossed it off i mean from 5-15 i was practically suspended ALL that time, then suddenly i fcuked them mates off, went it alone and come out with something
    unfortunately i thought i was cleverer then i was and attempted as and a2 levels, eventually dropping out after the as's


    All true Kerr I wasn't trying to be hard on him I got a wake up call, like you I was knocking around with the wrong people, I thought F**K it I'll be right, he's still young and willing to give it another go, all he needs is a little shove in the right direction Kerr and he'll be right.
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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -> Career path 2007/06/10 23:24:16 (permalink)
    You should have buckled down at school buddy, you young ones do nothing but toss it off all day at school thinking I'll get a job when I leave........it's a wild world out there buddy. When I was at school I did the same as you I tossed it off till the last year then I got a wake up call so the last year I buckled down and got some work done. I got a job with a major high street retailer, I started at the bottom of the pile and worked my way up the ladder to where I am today, I've got to this position through hard work sweat and tears and I'll tell you something I've never looked back. I'm on a good wage with good perks, I've got a nice home a decent woman.

    I won't forget my mentor in all this the man who gave me a chance Mr Tony Wilkinson, when you stand back and look at this man and what he's built up it is a truly amazing story, the man is a true gentlemen and with an estimated fortune of around £200million + through sheer hard work everytime he speaks to you you just want to shake his hand forever.

    You only get one chance take that chance and keep a hold of it, your school days are the best days of your life, you've wasted yours like I nearly wasted mine, get to college and study, get some exams abd start all over again.

    What help is that? Everyone knows this, but a lot (including myself) didn't. Its easy to say in heinsight. Career advice is garbage at schools and not much better at FE.

    You sound like me Richy, I'm 23 and I am really stuck trying to find something worthwhile to do. The fitness industry is sales, sales, sales. Only follow that route if you can get in with a LEA/LA job, or work for yourself. Can you chat to you parents? I'd love to study nutrition, but no way I can afford it. If you haven't already used them, there are some good grants/loans about for adult learners. http://www.aimhigher.ac.uk/home/index.cfm <- this is a good place for advice.

    Let me know how you get on!

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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -&gt; Career path 2007/06/11 00:50:34 (permalink)
    Whats done is done, don't be depressed over the past.

    I can give you specific advice, but TT suggestion was correct imo, civil service is the way to go in your field.

    Ability is a small factor imo. I knew loads of highly intelligent people in school who got nowhere because they had no motivation. And plenty of people with little ability who achieved some success because they had motivation.
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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -&gt; Career path 2007/06/11 19:51:50 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: 1ManRiot

    You should have buckled down at school buddy, you young ones do nothing but toss it off all day at school thinking I'll get a job when I leave........it's a wild world out there buddy. When I was at school I did the same as you I tossed it off till the last year then I got a wake up call so the last year I buckled down and got some work done. I got a job with a major high street retailer, I started at the bottom of the pile and worked my way up the ladder to where I am today, I've got to this position through hard work sweat and tears and I'll tell you something I've never looked back. I'm on a good wage with good perks, I've got a nice home a decent woman.

    I won't forget my mentor in all this the man who gave me a chance Mr Tony Wilkinson, when you stand back and look at this man and what he's built up it is a truly amazing story, the man is a true gentlemen and with an estimated fortune of around £200million + through sheer hard work everytime he speaks to you you just want to shake his hand forever.

    You only get one chance take that chance and keep a hold of it, your school days are the best days of your life, you've wasted yours like I nearly wasted mine, get to college and study, get some exams abd start all over again.

    What help is that? Everyone knows this, but a lot (including myself) didn't. Its easy to say in heinsight. Career advice is garbage at schools and not much better at FE.





    Listen to people who have been there and done it and in the process nearly F****D their whole life up.
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    RE: Everyone - Please help advice need, qualifications -&gt; Career path 2007/06/12 13:04:36 (permalink)
    TBH I would not go the GCSE route since they are completely different to A levels and IMO GCSE biology, chemistry etc pointless for further study. At 21 I think you would be better doing an Access to HE course at college. In 1 year, this will provide you with a good 'general' qualification and satisfy the entrance requirements for university.

    In terms of career path, you need to ask yourself what is most important; to have a job you enjoy or to have lots of money. Answer that first then selecting the right career path becomes easier.

    good luck.
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