I need help from my fellow strength and conditioning enthusiasts
I graduated this past May with a bachelors of science in exercise physiology and a minor in sport psychology. I took (what I thought was) my dream internship with a college strength and conditioning program and this was my first week with them and I can already tell that this just isn’t where I’m meant to be. In college I was on the soccer team my freshman year but due to injuries and several concussions I left the team but stayed on as a recruiting assistant and I also still worked with our head strength and conditioning coach. I fell in love with strength and conditioning and working with athletes so when I moved back home and got this internship I thought I was the luckiest person on the planet.
To say that this week has disenchanted me is an understatement. Its only been a week and everything in my gut is just telling me that this isn’t where I’m meant to be. I’m not happy with the program and I already dread going into work every morning.
I’m a firm believer that if you enjoy something you’ll never work a day in your life and that enjoying your work outweighs your paycheck. This is especially true in the strength and conditioning, and even more true for females since it’s not exactly a female oriented world. The hours are long and the pay isn’t the best so if you aren’t in love with strength and conditioning than it’s really not the place for you. This is where I’m finding myself; I don’t enjoy going to work, I don’t enjoying sitting in the office, I just don’t like it at all. It has nothing to do with the athletes or the staff, it just has to do with me simply not enjoying being in the weight room as much as I used to.
So my question for my fellow strength and conditioning enthusiasts, WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING??
I don’t mean that as an insult, it’s a serious question. Do you work in strength and conditioning? Do you enjoy it? Why or why not? have you found yourself kind of stuck like I am? what were/are your other options? have you explored other areas of strength and conditioning such as personal training or coaching?
Right now I’m just trying to get some input as to what other people have experienced or done.
I’m trying to explore other options but it’s hard. If it were up to me I would race/train for spartan races and snowboard and surf for the rest of my life but I don’t think thats the best way to make a living in todays world unfortunately…